Is cardiac arrest the same thing as a heart attack?

No. Some persons with a heart attack= myocardial infarction may have cardiac stoppage- arrest-ventricular standstill or fibrillation.
Heart attack. 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.

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What are the signs of a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

MI cardiac arrest. read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myocardial_infarction Sign of cardiac arrest is no pulse and you fall over and look like you're dead. Heart association web site has lots of information. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
Yes. In a heart attack a heart artery is blocked, usually by a blood clot, and causes damage to a portion of the heart. While this can be fatal, most people with a heart attack survive with early recognition and treatment. Cardiac arrest is actual stoppage of the heart beating, which can be caused by many things and is rapidly fatal unless immediate CPR and advanced emergency techniques are applied. Read more...
Yes... Cardiac arrest is when the heart actually stops. A heart attack is due to decreased blood flow to a part of the heart muscle. A heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest, but not always. And, there are other etiologies of cardiac arrest besides heart attack. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
Absolutely. There are many noncardiac causes of cardiac arrest. BP control, other risk factor modification definitely improves your health and longevity. The best way to think is shifting a curve - kind of like this image. Even coronary artery disease is possible with excellent BP control, cholesterol and risk modification. But it is less likely. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

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

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. Read more...