Cardiac Arrest

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  • Cardiac Arrest
    • What is it?
      • when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and stops a person from breathing properly
      • NOT THE SAME AS A HEART ATTACK (this is when one of the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle becomes blocked)
    • Symptoms
      • lose consciousness almost at much
      • no signs of life
      • unresponsive
    • Causes
      • a heart attack
      • extreme blood loss
      • coronary heart disease
      • extreme body temperature
    • Treatment
      • defibrillation (needs to happen as soon as possible)
      • CPR can double someones chance of survival before defibrillation
    • Impacts on the patient
      • Physical
        • may weaken a person
      • Intellectual
        • after recovering from cardiac arrest a person might lack concentration
        • will become more educated about cardiac arrest
      • Emotional
        • fear
        • stress
      • Social
        • may become dependent on friends/family being around to help
        • may not be interested in social events
      • Financial
        • time off work means that they loose some wages


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