Many people confuse cardiac arrest with heart attack, but these conditions are very different from one another. Heart attack is a problem caused by a blockage that is preventing blood from reaching an area of the heart, but the heart is still beating throughout the episode. Cardiac arrest is an electrical problem in the heart, which causes it to stop pumping blood through the body. While cardiac arrest does typically occur without warning, there are some risk factors that might make you more aware of this condition.
Previous cardiac episodes
If you have a history of heart disease or have suffered a heart attack, you will want to work closely with your doctor to keep your risk for future episodes down. A heart attack can cause scarring of the muscle tissue in the heart, which raises the risk for ventricular arrhythmias that cause immediate and severe electrical disturbances.
Blood vessel abnormalities and high blood pressure can thicken the heart muscle and make you prone to cardiac arrest. Therefore, it is important to stay aware of your blood pressure and consult your doctor about solutions to help you lower this number. High blood pressure also puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.
Certain medications—even those intended to treat heart conditions—can produce arrhythmias that lead to cardiac arrest . To prevent this type of side effect, you should communicate regularly with your doctor about your medications and maintain a regular schedule of visits to review your heart health and medication management. Recreational drug use can also cause cardiac arrest.
For a thorough assessment of your heart health along with complete cardiac rehabilitation and compassionate care, connect with Cardiac Solutions online or at (623) 208-5305. We serve the Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West, and Avondale communities using a unique team approach to personalized cardiac care.