Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. During cardiac arrest, the heart doesn’t pump blood to the brain and other essential organs. This can be fatal within minutes if not treated promptly. If you witness someone having the symptoms of cardiac arrest, call 911 and begin CPR immediately. As time passes, the chances of permanent organ damage increase.
Experienced emergency services staff treat cardiac arrest in Northern California at the following locations:
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What Causes Cardiac Arrest?
Arrhythmia or abnormal heart beats are the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Other cardiovascular conditions, such as heart disease and heart attack, can lead to the heart suddenly stopping. Taking recreational drugs also increases your risk for cardiac arrest.
Signs of Cardiac Arrest
Cardiac arrest happens without warning.
Signs that someone is having cardiac arrest include:
- No heartbeat or pulse
Some people complain of heart attack symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness just before their heart stops beating. Always call 911 if you experience symptoms of a heart attack.
How to Help Someone with Sudden Cardiac Arrest
When someone shows the signs of cardiac arrest, it’s important to immediately begin treatment. The chances of survival decrease by 10 percent with each passing minute.
To help save someone’s life, follow these first aid tips for sudden cardiac arrest:
- If other people are with you, tell a specific person to call 911
- Begin CPR
- If you’re alone with the victim, call 911, begin CPR, and continue until medical help arrives
- If a defibrillator is available, have someone else bring it while you continue CPR until medical help arrives
- Never delay CPR to search for a defibrillator
Learn how to perform CPR so you can save a life. Register for a Basic Life Support class in Northern California.
Treatment & Support for Sudden Cardiac Arrest at Dignity Health North State
Learning the cause of the cardiac arrest is usually the first step to treatment. Close monitoring and ongoing heart care can help decrease the chances of another cardiac arrest.
Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent cardiac arrest and keep your heart healthy.
Dignity Health North State provides emergency and ongoing treatment for sudden cardiac arrest in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.