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What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is a malfunction of the heart's rhythm, or electrical system, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. It differs from heart attack which is caused by a blockage that prevents blood circulating to the heart.
Possible causes of cardiac arrest include coronary heart disease and physical stress.
If not treated within minutes, loss of heart function results in death.
What are the symptoms?
While cardiac arrest often occurs with no warning, there are sometimes symptoms that can indicate a problem with the heart's rhythm. These symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
What treatment options are available?
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Baptist Health Heart Institute is the only hospital in the state to offer therapeutic hypothermia - life-saving technology for cardiac arrest patients.