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What is Cardiac arrest? Symptoms, Cause, Risk Factors and More Details

Cardiac arrest: Everything you need to know about it.

New Delhi: Don’t take chest pain lightly…! Sudden cardiac arrest happens due to the abrupt loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. This basically happens when there is a problem with an individual’s heart’s electrical system, which disrupts your heart’s pumping action and stops blood flow to your body.

Sudden cardiac and heart attack are not the same, also it often occurs with no warning.

Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest

# Feeling discomfort

# Breathing issue

# Feeling weak

# Unconsciousness


When should you visit a doctor

# If you feel pain and discomfort

#When your heart  starts beating too hard or too fast

# When you feel there is a rapid or irregular heartbeats

#Feelig uneasy or wheezing

# Shortness of breath

# When you collapse or faint’

# Feeling dizzy

Risk factors

Cardiac arrest is often linked to the coronary artery disease, the same factors which puts you at the risk of coronary artery disease. It can also put an individual at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

Some of the factors include-

  • Family history of coronary artery disease
  • An inactive lifestyle
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Complications of Cardiac arrest

At the time of sudden cardiac arrest occurs, there is a reduced blood flow to the persons brain causing unconsciousness. Sometimes when the heart doesn’t rapidly return to normal, brain damage occurs and can result to a death of the person.

Also, people who have survived cardiac arrest might show signs of brain damage.