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First Aid - Heart Attacks and Cardiac Arrest

Training Time: 16 minutes

Heart attacks and cardiac arrest are both health emergencies involving the heart. They are relatively common in America and they can lead to death if the person doesn’t get rapid first aid followed up by prompt medical care. This course explains what heart attacks and cardiac arrest are, how to recognize their symptoms, how to provide first aid, and the importance of summoning additional medical care for people suffering heart attacks and cardiac arrest.

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A heart attack is caused when blood is blocked from flowing in a blood vessel to the heart. Cardiac arrest occurs when a heart's electrical system malfunctions and causes the heart to beat irregularly.

A heart attack is caused when blood is blocked from flowing in a blood vessel to the heart. Cardiac arrest occurs when a heart's electrical system malfunctions and causes the heart to beat irregularly.

One of the early warning symptoms of cardiac arrest is heart palpitations.

One of the early warning symptoms of cardiac arrest is heart palpitations.

If a person is suffering a heart attack or cardiac arrest, it’s important to give them first aid and to immediately summon additional medical care.

If a person is suffering a heart attack or cardiac arrest, it’s important to give them first aid and to immediately summon additional medical care.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what a heart attack is
  • List some symptoms of a heart attack
  • Explain how to provide first aid for a person suffering a heart attack
  • Explain what cardiac arrest is
  • List some symptoms of a person in cardiac arrest
  • Explain how to provide first aid for a person in cardiac arrest
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First Aid - Heart Attacks and Cardiac Arrest FAQs

What is a heart attack?
A heart attack is caused when blood is blocked from flowing in a blood vessel to the heart. If oxygen-enriched blood cannot flow to the heart, it can be damaged.

What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest occurs when a heart's electrical system malfunctions and causes the heart to beat irregularly. The person loses heart function, breathing, and consciousness suddenly without warning.

Can a heart attack lead to cardiac arrest?
Yes. A heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest.

What should a person do if someone is suffering from a heart attack or cardiac arrest?
It’s important to very quickly do two things: summon medical assistance and provide first aid until medical care arrives.

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