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Is a heart attack the same as cardiac arrest?

While cardiac arrest is not exactly synonymous with heart attack, it can be the same. When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, this means that their heart “arrests” or stops. 

This is the type of situation where the patient is unresponsive, and CPR is performed. Causes of a cardiac arrest can be a heart attack, but it can be other things as well – such as choking, trauma, breathing problems, or a blood clot.

Cardiac arrest is a serious lethal situation. A quick response from bystanders trained in CPR can be lifesaving. 

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