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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is cardiac arrest the same thing as a heart attack?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Heart attack: 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.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
No: Some persons with a heart attack= myocardial infarction may have cardiac stoppage- arrest-ventricular standstill or fibrillation.
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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 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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