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

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Sort of

Is a calf a cow? If you are making veal parm? Cardiac arrest is the loss of pumping ability of the heart.
That is measured as cardiac output (units l/min). In cardiac arrest it is 0. Asystole is usually used to refer to the lack of electrical activity in the heart. If the electrical system could be measured, it would be measured in amps (current or electrons /sec). In asystole that is 0.

In brief: Sort of

Is a calf a cow? If you are making veal parm? Cardiac arrest is the loss of pumping ability of the heart.
That is measured as cardiac output (units l/min). In cardiac arrest it is 0. Asystole is usually used to refer to the lack of electrical activity in the heart. If the electrical system could be measured, it would be measured in amps (current or electrons /sec). In asystole that is 0.
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