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What are the chances of survival after a small heart attack that causes a cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cardiac arrest

It is the cardiac arrest, not the heart attack that is concerning.
The faster a patient receives medical attention during a cardiac arrest and the faster a normal heart rhythm is restored, the more likely the patient will do well.

In brief: Cardiac arrest

It is the cardiac arrest, not the heart attack that is concerning.
The faster a patient receives medical attention during a cardiac arrest and the faster a normal heart rhythm is restored, the more likely the patient will do well.
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Time to defibrillate

The issue in the case you are describing is not the "small" heart attack but the cardiac arrest which is likely caused by a rhythm disturbance in the heart.
The chances that someone survives a cardiac arrest are directly related to how quickly defibrillation (i.e. Shock from an aed) occurs. This period of time can be extended by high quality cpr- if CPR is performed well, defib can occur later.

In brief: Time to defibrillate

The issue in the case you are describing is not the "small" heart attack but the cardiac arrest which is likely caused by a rhythm disturbance in the heart.
The chances that someone survives a cardiac arrest are directly related to how quickly defibrillation (i.e. Shock from an aed) occurs. This period of time can be extended by high quality cpr- if CPR is performed well, defib can occur later.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Difficult answer

If it was a "small" heart attack it should not cause cardiac arrest.
People do survive minor heart attacks.

In brief: Difficult answer

If it was a "small" heart attack it should not cause cardiac arrest.
People do survive minor heart attacks.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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