…..unless their electrical system is corrected quickly, their heart will stop altogether. Correcting the condition is possible but only with the prompt use of a defibrillator. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, so the more accessible defibrillators there are in the community, the greater chance of surviving. A person in cardiac arrest will be unresponsive whilst it is common for a person having a heart attack to be able to talk to you. A heart attack can however lead to a cardiac arrest.
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Next time you are watching ER or some other medical program impress your mates with your knowledge. You will often hear the term MI mentioned when the medical personnel talk about a person with chest pain. MI is an acronym for Myocardial Infarction which is the medical term for heart attack. “Myo” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart, and “infarction” means the death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. In other works, a heart attack results in the death of heart muscle.
Now we have explained the difference between a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack, let’s go back to the importance of a Defibrillator tomorrow……
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