• The American Heart Association describes a cardiac arrest as an "electrical" problem and a heart attack as a "plumbing" problem.

• Heart disease is a leading killer around the world and the top cause of death in the United States

Cardiac arrest and heart attack are distinct heart complications but people often refer to them interchangeably.

The American Heart Association describes a cardiac arrest as an "electrical" problem and a heart attack as a "plumbing" problem.

The association says a cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.

Cardiac Arrest Vs Heart Attack
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A heart attack on the other hand occurs when blood flow to the heart stops as a result of a blocked artery which prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart.

This is because death may occur within minutes of the occurrence of the complications if medical treatment is not initiated immediately.

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