Cardiac Arrest

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  • Cardiac Arrest
    • Symptoms
      • Chest pains (a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the centre of your chest
      • Pain in other parts of the body (feeling as if the pain is travelling from your arms, jaw, back and abdomen)
      • Feeling light headed or dizzy
      • Sweating
      • Shortness of breath
      • Feeling sick or actually physically being sick
      • An overwhelming sense of anxiety
      • Coughing or wheezing
    • Environmental Causes
      • Intense physical activity (the hormone adrenaline is released during intense physical activity, this hormone can trigger SCA in people who have heart problems
      • Major blood loss
    • Medical Causes
      • Very low blood levels of potassium and magnesium
      • Severe lack of oxygen
      • Inheritance
      • Structural changes in the heart: changes in the heart's normal size or structure may affect it's electrical system
    • Similarities
      • Inheritance is a cause for cardiac arrest, strokes and coronary heart disease, as it runs in your family
      • Feeling lightheaded and dizzy is a symptom for strokes, cardiac arress and coronary heart disease
      • Sweating is a symptom which is specific to only cardiac arrests and no other circulation conditions


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