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Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack vs. Heart Failure: 12 Key Differences


You’ll often hear the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest used interchangeably, but in reality they aren’t the same thing. The causes and symptoms differ for various types of heart episodes.

Knowing the difference could be an important factor in how to react and how medical professionals approach the immediate problem. Here are 12 things that separate cardiac arrest, heart attack and heart failure…

1. Characteristics of a Heart Attack

First we should learn what each of these terms actually mean. A heart attack happens when an artery that carries oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart is blocked, notes the American Heart Association.

The blockage will cause the section of heart to malfunction and die if it’s not dealt with quickly, it adds. The longer it takes to open up the blockage, the greater the damage. The heart usually continues to beat throughout a heart attack.

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