Can a cardiac arrest cause respiratory failure?

Yes... Cardiac arrest means that the heart is no longer beating. When the heart stops, breathing also stops, called a respiratory arrest. However, a person can stop breathing even though their heart is still beating; the reverse cannot be true!

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Cardiac arrest v.S.Respiratory failure, what's the difference?

See below. This refers in general to what the primary underlying problem is. Cardiac arrest means that the main problem was the heart, whereas respiratory failure suggests that the main problem was the lungs. Read more...