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SCA and HEART ATTACK Understanding the Difference SCA and HEART ATTACK Understanding the Difference

It’s a common misconception that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are the It’s a common misconception that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are the same thing. In reality, they are quite different. Understanding the difference could save your life, or the life of someone you love.

HEART ATTACK vs SCA Heart Attack SCA n The Person is AWAKE and the HEART ATTACK vs SCA Heart Attack SCA n The Person is AWAKE and the heart IS BEATING n The Person is NOT AWAKE and the heart is NOT BEATING n Heart attack (the medical term is myocardial infarction or MI) occurs when part of the heart’s blood supply is reduced or blocked, causing the heart muscle to become injured or die. The person is awake (conscious) and may complain of one or more of the signs and symptoms of heart attack. n Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is is an “electrical problem” that prevents the heart from functioning effectively. Heart attack can lead to SCA, but there are many other causes, such as congenital abnormalities, severe heart failure, electrocution and drug overdose.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack n Chest discomfort n Pain or discomfort in Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack n Chest discomfort n Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, spreading to the shoulder, upper back, neck or jaw n Shortness of breath n Nausea, sweating, lightheadedness n A general sense of anxiety

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women the same as it is for Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women the same as it is for men, yet, women can also experience: n n n n Shortness of breath Fainting, nausea, vomiting Back or jaw pain Cold, sweaty skin, paleness. Stomach or abdominal pain Weakness and/ or overwhelming fatigue Swelling of the ankles and/ or lower legs.

How You Can Save a Life: Heart Attack n When someone experiences a heart How You Can Save a Life: Heart Attack n When someone experiences a heart attack, he or she is awake and the heart is beating. There is no need to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). What to do: n Call 9 -1 -1 immediately n Have the person rest or lie down while waiting for EMS (emergency medical services)

Signs and Symptoms of SCA n The heart stops beating. The blood no longer Signs and Symptoms of SCA n The heart stops beating. The blood no longer is pumped throughout the body, including the brain. The person suddenly passes out, loses consciousness, and appears lifeless—except for abnormal “gasping” which may last for several minutes. n The SCA victim is never awake and needs immediate help. If nothing is done, the victim will die within minutes.

How You Can Save a Life: SCA n Call 9 -1 -1 immediately n How You Can Save a Life: SCA n Call 9 -1 -1 immediately n Give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or at the very least chest compressions n Use AED (automated external defibrillator)

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