A Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest are both serious medical emergencies but they are not the same thing. Call 111 straight away for either of these events!!
A Heart Attack happens when a coronary artery becomes blocked, preventing blood flow to part of the heart muscle. During a heart attack a person remains conscious and keeps breathing.
A Cardiac Arrest happens when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. Normal breathing stops and they will be unconscious.
For a Heart Attack we Call 111, stay with the person whilst reassuring them and monitoring their condition.
For Cardiac Arrest we Call 111 and commence CPR immediately. Also, sending for a Defibrillator and using it as soon as it arrives.
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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