Understanding the Difference Between a Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest could Save your Life

There’s nothing more frightening than having a heart condition that can quite literally kill you on the spot the way that heart attacks and cardiac arrest can, but it is of critical importance that you don’t confuse the two or pretend that they are interchangeable.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

By understanding the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack you’ll be able to better manage any dangerous situation you find yourself in – or that you may find a stranger and – and you’ll have a much better chance of surviving this dangerous and potentially deadly situation.

Here are some critical differences between the two so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with.

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Breaking down a heart attack

Heart attacks are caused by some type of blockage that it impedes and cuts down on the amount of circulation occurring in your coronary arteries.

These blockages are going to prevent oxygen-rich blood from reaching your heart, and if the artery doesn’t reopen fast enough your heart is going to (quite literally) starved to death. Heart attacks are often times incredibly sudden and very intense, but can be a much slower process that happens over a period of days or even weeks – which is why you need to be on the lookout for these symptoms.

If you think you’re dealing with a heart attack call emergency services immediately and communicate to them exactly what you’re dealing with. Whatever you do, do not drive to the hospital as you may have a heart attack on the way and help what reach you fast enough.

Breaking down cardiac arrest

Unlike heart attacks, cardiac arrest is caused by a major malfunction in the electrical signaling that causes your heart to beat in the first place.

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Because of this of regularity your heart is going to stop functioning completely because of the arrhythmia, and you aren’t going to be able to move blood throughout your body. 87% of all cardiac arrest situations are deadly, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that they are mistaken for a heart attack.

You’ll notice cardiac arrest occurring in another individual because that person is going to lose consciousness of immediately and have no pulse. You need to get them to a hospital ASAP, as they are almost always going to die within moments if they do not receive immediate treatment.

Load them up into a vehicle and speed just as fast as you can to a medical facility. The police will understand why you were driving so fast when you arrive at the hospital and explain the situation to them.

Dealing with Constant or Chronic Neck Pain?

The overwhelming majority of adults in America are going to eventually have to deal with a considerable amount of pain for one reason or another – though most folks are going to be dealing with a nerve entrapment or nerve pinching situation.

Medical professionals agree that the bulk of nerve pain issues that they see are the result of these entrapment and pinching issues, issues that can be completely and totally avoided in most situations.

On top of that, those entrapment problems that cannot be avoided or prevented can almost always be remedied with just a little bit of physical therapy at home. From time to time, you may need the help of prescription painkillers to get you through the rehab process, however.

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To better help you deal with constant or chronic neck pain we have put together this quick list of tips and tricks you’re going to want to utilize ASAP.

Recognize the symptoms of nerve entrapment or a pinched nerve in your neck

As mentioned above, the majority of the constant and chronic neck pain issues out there are caused by damage to nervous. Nerves can become entangled under muscles that are typed, discs in your back or neck that slip, or bony deposits that develop over time in your neck and back.

You’ll know if you’re dealing with these kinds of issues when you feel:

  • Pain deep in your neck which radiates out into your shoulders, your arms, and even your fingers
  • Pain that establishes itself in the neck and then creeps into your head
  • Pain that can cause dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, or fatigue

… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

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Here’s how to treat neck pain all on your own

Though you might be interested in getting looked over by a trusted and highly trained medical professional when you’re dealing with debilitating neck pain (and there’s nothing wrong with that), the truth of the matter is your almost always going to be able to mitigate, manage, and even eliminate your neck pain all on your own if you know what you’re doing.

The first thing you’ll want to do is rest as comfortably as you can (laying on your back and supporting your neck, of course). A little bit of heat or an icepack can go a long way towards helping you resolve this pain as well.

Secondly, you’ll want to think about getting your hands on a foam roller that is commonly used in physical therapy sessions. Roll around on this for no more than 15 minutes a day (really highlighting your neck, your upper back, and your shoulders) and you’ll be able to release in trapped and pinched nerves in record time.