This video animation compares two different heart emergencies: heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. Watch how each problem develops, and learn what to do.
You may think the most common single cause of death in the United States is heart attack. Or cancer. Or stroke. But it’s actually sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This runaway problem with the heart’s electrical system is fatal 95 percent of the time.
“Cardiac arrest” and “heart attack” are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same. Two experts explain signs and symptoms of each.
Sudden cardiac arrest often occurs without prior symptoms and it results in as many as 325,000 deaths a year in the United States. Only 3 to 10 percent of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting survive. Today, advances in technology and treatment give hope to those at risk. Using implantable cardioverter … Read More