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Difference Between Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest

difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest

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  • Nearly 610,000 people die of heart disease and 735,000 have a heart attack each year; sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death, which is different from a heart attack
  • A heart attack is a problem with blood and oxygen delivery to the heart muscle during which most people are conscious and their heart continues to beat, while a cardiac arrest is an electrical problem resulting in loss of consciousness and loss of heartbeat
  • For cardiac arrest, CPR and treatment with an automated external defibrillator as needed, while awaiting emergency services, increase the potential for survival and lower the risk of permanent disability
  • Proactive screening and preventive strategies, including blood donation, sensible sun exposure, grounding and magnesium may help reduce your risk of suffering cardiac arrest or a heart attack

By Dr. Mercola

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Nearly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 are repeat heart attacks. Knowing the risk factors, symptoms and taking early action increases the chances of survival.


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