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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Difference.....: A heart attack is when the heart muscle is not getting the blood supply it needs. The part of the heart not receiving enough blood is at risk to die. Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating entirely. One of the many causes of cardiac arrest is a heart attack or myocardial infarction (mi). Both are life-threatening and require an immediate 911 call.
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Dr. Milton Mintz
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68 years experience
Heart stops: With arrest. Heart attack usually caused by blocked vessel.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

Whats the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack and their symptoms?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Cardiac arrest: the heart STOPS an needs to be restarted .....or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation begun or death occurs... IT IS A FORM OF HEART ATTACK which is a more GENERAL term for any acute heart issue (coronary etc) Hope this is helpful! Dr z
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a heart attack, cardiac arrest and a stroke?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Heart, cva: A heart attack is when a blood vessel to the heart blocks off and a part of the heart is damaged. A cardiac arrest can be the result of a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping for one reason or another. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest isn't necessarily caused by a heart attack. A stroke is blocked brain blood vessels and resultant brain dam
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
MI cardiac arrest: read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myocardial_infarction Sign of cardiac arrest is no pulse and you fall over and look like you're dead. Heart association web site has lots of information
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a heart attack, heart failure and cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Heart, chf: A heart attack is when a blood vessel to the heart blocks off and a part of the heart is damaged. A cardiac arrest can be the result of a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping for one reason or another. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest isn't necessarily caused by a heart attack. Heart failure is when the heart can't supply the body's demands
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between cardiac arrest, a heart attack and heart failure?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 24 years experience
See below ...: cardiac arrest: pumping or rhythm abnormality so severe that the flow of blood thought the heart is super low or zero - incompatible with life unless successfully treated. heaty attack - region of heart muscle get less oxygen than it needs so the muscle dies. heart failure - heart is unable to adequately deliver oxygen to the body, or requires an unhealthy amount of filling pressure to do so.
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