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Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Are you prepared?

18/02/2021   ●    2 minute read

Your heart is one of the most important muscles as it pumps blood all around your body. This blood is full of oxygen, which is needed by every cell in your body. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. This means that your brain and vital organs are starved of oxygen; you become unconscious and stop breathing or do not breathe normally. That is why it’s a medical emergency that can lead to death.


What causes a cardiac arrest?

Your heart’s electrical system controls the rate and rhythm of its pumping. A cardiac arrest is usually caused by an electrical malfunction in your heart’s electrical system that causes your heart to stop pumping. Certain heart conditions and events can lead to cardiac arrest if they cause a life-threatening arrhythmia (heart rhythm problem). Although heart disease is a common cause of many cardiac arrests, they may also be caused by trauma, respiratory (breathing) problems, drowning, electrocution or allergic reactions. Sometimes there’s no identifiable cause of a cardiac arrest.

What’s the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same. A cardiac arrest is different to a heart attack. The symptoms and management are also different.

Cardiac Arrest

A cardiac arrest happens suddenly and rapidly. It often occurs with no warning. The person in cardiac arrest will:

  • Collapse and fall to the ground
  • Have no pulse
  • Not breathe or breathe abnormally (gasp for air)
  • Lose consciousness (not rousable, not aware of their surroundings and not responsive to talk or touch).

Heart Attack

A person experiencing a heart attack will usually be:

  • Alert
  • Breathing, and
  • Complaining of chest pain or other symptoms.

If someone is having a cardiac arrest, they will not be conscious or breathing normally. They need immediate help by calling Triple Zero (000), starting CPR and using a defibrillator (AED).

What is a defibrillator (AED or Automated External Defibrillator)?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that diagnoses life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms that can cause a cardiac arrest. An AED might be able to treat these abnormal heart rhythms by giving an electric shock to try to ‘restart’ the heart to its normal rhythm. This is known as defibrillation. An automated external defibrillator (AED) will only give a shock if it is necessary. You cannot do any harm by using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on someone who is unconscious.

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Why Choose Fresh and Clean Defibrillators?

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