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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:
For supportive heart care services after an episode of sudden cardiac arrest, Find a Doctor online.
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.
Cardiac arrest happens without warning.
Signs that someone is having cardiac arrest include:
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.
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:
Learn how to perform CPR so you can save a life. Register for a Basic Life Support class in Northern California.
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.