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Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of cardiac arrest, call 911 immediately.
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The signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest are very clear:
A common cause of cardiac arrest is an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation. This occurs when the large chambers of the heart (the ventricles) stop beating rhythmically. Without a strong contraction by the ventricles, oxygen-rich blood cannot reach the tissues — including the brain and the heart. The heart will eventually stop beating. Ventricular tachycardia, which occurs when the heart beats too fast to sustain a rhythm, also can cause cardiac arrest.
Signs and symptoms of an arrhythmia that can precede cardiac arrest include:
Arrhythmias that induce cardiac arrest can be caused by a variety of factors including:
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The treatment and prevention of cardiac arrest depends on the cause. Someone in cardiac arrest may survive with immediate treatment.
Treatment of cardiac arrest includes:
To prevent possible cardiac arrest, you should:
Dignity Health provides specialized care for cardiovascular conditions, including cardiac arrest, in Southern California.