Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sara Kaafarani and Jessica Isaacs
What is Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness due to an arrhythmia that causes the heart to stop beating . The electrical disturbance in your heart disrupts its pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of your body, causing cell death.
What are the Symptoms?
- Sudden Collapse
- no pulse
- no breathing
- loss of consciousness
Some symptoms may precede Sudden Cardiac Arrest such as,
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- weakness, palpitations, or vomiting
How is it Diagnosed?
Who is Most Likely to Suffer From SCA?
- as you age
- men are more likely to suffer from Cardiac Arrest than women
- studies show African Americans, especially with underlying conditions are vulnerable
- drug and alcohol abuse
- a personal history or family history of having, or being prone to arrhythmias
- If you have a heart attack or heart failure