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

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 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 47-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
No: A heart attack-or "myocardial infarction"-occurs when the blood and oxygen supply to a part of the heart is interrupted due to blockage of one or more of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. This causes the part of the heart supplied by that artery to die if the blockage is not opened very quickly. Cardiac arrest refers to a heart rhythm disturbance-most commonly ventricular fibrillation.
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 29 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.
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.
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 23 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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