cardiac arrest (SCA) is a medical emergency. It happens when
an event, usually an electrical disturbance, quickly and
unexpectedly causes your heart to stop working. You get short
of breath, collapse and lose consciousness. Fast treatment is
key to survival.
condition is called "sudden" because it seems to
happen without warning. But research published in the journal
Annals of Internal Medicine shows it may not be as sudden as
typically thought. They found some people experience warning
signs such as chest pain or shortness of breath before sudden
cardiac arrest, but most of the time the symptoms are ignored.
study shows close to half of the patients in the study
reported symptoms within a month prior to their arrest,"
says Mayo Clinic Cardiologist and Mayo Clinic’s Women’s
Heart Clinic Founder Dr. Sharonne Hayes. "Some within 24
to one hour beforehand. It also shows that people who reported
symptoms and then called 911 were five times more likely to
survive than those who didn’t. This is an important reminder
to everyone to pay attention to symptoms, and if you have them
seek emergency medical care."
symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest include:
Chest pain or pressure that may radiate to shoulders, arm,
neck or jaw
Palpitations or rapid heartbeats
of sudden cardiac arrest include: sudden collapse
doubt about symptoms, seek care. Call 911. Especially if you
have an underlying heart issue.