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What is Cardiac arrest?

13:04 - 9 April , 2021


It is when the heart stops beating unexpectedly and suddenly due to a problem with its electrical system, causing the blood to stop and no longer transport oxygen and nutrients to the body. So if you don’t act on time, the person can die. It affects any individual regardless of age, gender, and race, with or without heart conditions.

Signs and symptoms Cardiac arrest

  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Weakness.
  • Palpitations.
  • Tachycardia or arrhythmia.
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Loss of consciousness.

Go immediately to the ABC Emergency Room if you have any of these symptoms: Your life is at risk! 


Although cardiac arrest occurs suddenly, you can help your body by adopting healthy habits such as:

  • Keeping a balanced diet.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Monitoring your glucose level.
  • Lowering your cholesterol
  • Maintaining optimal body weight.
  • Limiting coffee and alcohol intake.
  • Not smoking.
  • Reducing stress.

Diagnosis and treatment Cardiac arrest

It is impossible to diagnose since it happens suddenly and without warning. However, there are several tests that help determine if you are at risk of cardiac arrest. Your doctor will tell you which ones are necessary based on your medical history, family history, and symptoms, to assess your heart’s health.

When the heart stops, act immediately by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use a defibrillator until emergency services arrive.

Post-cardiac arrest care includes medication, an implantable device, and other procedures to keep your heart healthy.

At the Cardiovascular Center we offer you a wide range of prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and follow-up services to take care of you through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary care model. Come to us, we want to hear your heart.


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