What is it?

Cardiac arrest is a term that refers to a condition in which the heart ceases to beat. It is a medical emergency, leading to death or disability. Cardiac arrest may be caused by ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation. Risk factors may include older age, coronary artery disease, different heart conditions, congenital heart disease, previous heart attack, previous episode of ventricular fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, obesity, high blood pressure, family history of heart disease, drug misuse or a severe imbalance of potassium or magnesium.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Sudden cardiac death

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, collapse, chest pain, tachycardia, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath.


Diagnosis of cardiac arrest is based upon ECG, echocardiogram, angiogram, chest X-ray and blood tests.


Treatment includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillation within minutes! To prevent future episodes, treatment may include medications, an implantable cardioverter- defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation, coronary angioplasty and stent placement ot a coronary bypass surgery.

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Is cardiac arrest the same as a heart attack?

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