December 13, 2019
Signs & Symptoms: Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

Signs & Symptoms: Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack


A heart attack is an episode where the heart muscle isn’t getting
enough oxygen to it. When a patient has having a heart attack and not complaining of chest pain, the most common thing they complain of is shortness of breath and fatigue. It’s a very typical story
that someone will say to their spouse I’m
feeling tired, run down, and they go to sleep
and they never wake up because they’re having
a massive heart attack, that then leads to them
going into cardiac arrest. – We know that cardiac arrest
is a big killer of people in the United States. – Cardiac arrest is a situation
where the heart muscle is not pumping at all, and there’s no profusion
throughout the entire body of blood, because the heart
muscle is not at all working to create a good blood pressure. Once a patient is in cardiac arrest, you need to start chest
compressions immediately. The way we tell someone’s
in cardiac arrest is they’re unconscious, and
unresponsive to stimuli. And so our messaging is
to do chest compressions when you think someone’s
in cardiac arrest. It is much better to chest
compressions on someone who has a pulse than not to do chest
compressions on someone who doesn’t have a pulse. – The cases where people do
well is when they’re recognized, when they get bystander CPR, and they get access to a defibrillator, and they activate 911. Those pieces of the chain are in place, our survival rates can be over 30 to 40%, and in some places, higher. – We have the possibility
not just to save people who only have a few months to live, we have the possibility
to save young people who have many years ahead. Save them so they can be more productive, and save them so that
their families aren’t losing someone before their time. (instrumental music)

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