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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between cardiac arrest and a stroke?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 25 years experience
Heart and brain: A cardiac arrest happens when there is a rhythm or pumping problem with the heart so bad that there is essentially not enough blood flow to support life. Ma stroke happens when there is not enough oxygen delivery to the brain (or spinal cord), and the neurons (brain cells) die.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between cardiac arrest and mi?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Life or death: Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops, if not immediately reversed, it's death. Myocardial infarction is when the blood supply to part of the heart is interrupted, leading to serious damage to the heart. The damage can be so severe that it leads to cardiac arrest.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a mi and a cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 48 years experience
Damage vs stopping: In an mi heart muscle is damaged in a cardiac arrest the heart stops beating. Either one can cause the other.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What's difference between cardiac arrest and asystole?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 37 years experience
Sudden cardiac death: Asystole is one form of cardiac arrest (sudden cardiac death), but others include dangerous ventricular arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between having asystole and having a cardiac arrest?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 19 years experience
Asystole is the end: Asystole, or a heart with no electrical activity, is how we all end up at death. A cardiac arrest can start there, but usually starts with a rapid rhythm that has low or no output or a noncontractile rhythm (ventricular fibrillation). These rhythms are often reversible, asystole is usually simply death.
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