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

What is the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack? What is the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Cardiac arrest is stoppage of effective pumping of the heart. It could be due to ventricular asystole (no electrical activity) or fibrillation (fast irregular ineffective activity). Heart attack means a region of the heart is suddenly deprived of blood supply due to blockage of the artery supplying blood to the region. It is known as myocardial infarction and can sometimes lead to cardiac arrest. But most cases of heart attack are not associated with cardiac arrest as the heart continues to pump blood by the work of the remaining heart muscle.
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