You have probably heard the terms sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack used often. You read an article online, you watch the news, you have a conversation with your friend, and these terms tend to pop up and get used interchangeably.
Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack are NOT the same thing? In fact, they are very different.
What is a Heart Attack?
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a heart attack is a plumbing problem. Someone suffering a heart attack can be responsive and their heart can still be beating.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
According to The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, cardiac arrest is an electrical problem. When someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest, they are unresponsive and their heart stops beating immediately. When a person’s heart stops beating, blood is no longer pumping throughout the body to the vital organs including the brain. Immediate treatment is crucial for survival.