Have you ever understood what is the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack? Many of them are not aware that both are different. Dr. Siddhanth Jain, an Indore cardiologist doctor explains, that when blood flow to the heart is blocked, it is a heart attack.
During a heart attack, the heart doesn’t stop beating but in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) the heart suddenly stops beating. And, it stops the blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.
Cause – When the electrical system that controls the heart rate and rhythm is not working it causes irregular heartbeat and SCA happens. Indore cardiologist doctor details the conditions that cause an electrical problem. These are ventricular fibrillation, coronary artery disease (CAD), Structural changes in the heart, and some physical stress.
Symptoms – Symptoms of SCA are fainting (loss of consciousness). Indore cardiologist doctor added that chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting can happen to some people.
Treatment and Prevention – SCA requires emergency treatment. A device called a defibrillator is used to send an electric shock to the heart. It restores normal rhythm. The risk of SCA can be lowered by following a heart-healthy lifestyle.