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A 34-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Elton
A Verified Doctoranswered
35 years experience
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:

If BP is under control you can have heart attack or cardiac arrest?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Yes, unfortunately: If you have coronary artery disease, smoke, have high cholesterol, uncontrolled diabetes and many other problems, unfortunately you are still at risk for a heart attack or cardiac arrest, even if your BP is under control.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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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A 20-year-old male asked:

You can survive from heart attack but cant from cardiac arrest right?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
WRONG!: Cardiac arrest is survivable if promptly dealt with~! Many Defibrillators are available now and people who know CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) save many lives from Cardiac arrest each year, ONCE IN THE HOSPITAL CARDIAC DEATH IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY! Hope this helps Happy Healthy New Year Dr Z
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A 20-year-old male asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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 50-year-old member asked:

Chest cardiac arrest heart attack, can you tell me about this?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Heart attack: Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops. A heart attack is when part of your heart is not getting enough blood flow. A heart attack can certainly trigger a cardiac arrest. Sometimes that is the first and only symptom a person with coronary artery disease will have.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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