Heart at­tack ver­sus car­diac ar­rest

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

The term “heart at­tack” is of­ten mis­tak­enly used to de­scribe car­diac ar­rest. Car­diac ar­rest is when a per­son’s heart abruptly stops work­ing — a con­di­tion caused by a va­ri­ety of prob­lems. Heart at­tacks are caused by a block­age stop­ping blood flow to the heart. A heart at­tack refers to death of heart mus­cle tis­sue due to the loss of blood sup­ply.

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