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A 24-year-old member asked:

How long one can live after a massive heart attack with a cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 42 years experience
Very Individual: The answer is completely individual depending upon the extent of the damage that was done to the heart muscle, the age of the person and their other medical conditions. Sustaining a cardiac arrest during a heart attack simply indicates there was a period of electrical instability and does not worsen the prognosis. Even with massive heart attacks the survival can be decades long with best care.
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Life: Many many years with expert evaluation and follow up. Very important is the follow up with your md.
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Best care: I completely agree with dr. Radwaner.\ best care is important to improve survival after a massive heart attack. Very important to follow your doctor's recommendation.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

How long does it take a massive heart attack to kill you?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Briefly: The first signal can be sudden death- as pain happens.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What long term effect does a cardiac arrest have on your heart?

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Dr. John Charpie
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Depends on cause: The long-term effect of cardiac arrest on your heart depends on the reason for the initial arrest and on the quality of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cpr). For instance, CPR may not contribute to any long-term heart damage if it is initiated quickly and performed effectively particularly if the etiology of the cardiac arrest is from a non-cardiac cause.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can the heart stop beating when one is having a cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Cardiac arrest: 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. It canbe an ineffective heart rhythm.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What condition is worse: a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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Cardiac arrest: A heart attack means damage to heart muscle usually from a blocked coronary artery while cardiac arrest means the heart beat has stopped altogether. Either can be fatal.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do if heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. Is this likely?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 24 years experience
Call 911: If you think you are having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention. If you have a cardiac arrest, someone else will have to do it for you.
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