Introduction – A heart is a very important organ of our body that works to pump enough blood for delivering a continuous supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain. There are several heart problems are heart attack, cardiac arrest, and heart failure that are life-threatening.
There is a basic difference between a heart attack, cardiac arrest, and heart failure are discussed below –
- Heart Attack – Like every organ of the body, the heart also needs blood for its work. If blood does not reach the heart effectively due to some reason, then a heart attack occurs. Blood flow to the heart is generally blocked due to blood clotting in coronary arteries or building up plaque in the arteries. Due to the blockage, a heart does not receive the oxygen-rich blood which it requires. Several symptoms start slowly and may persist for hours, days, or weeks. Generally, pain is felt in the chest, back, and arms during a heart attack.
- Cardiac arrest – Cardiac arrest occurs when a heart suddenly stops beating. The symptoms are sudden loss of consciousness, no breathing, and no pulse. When it happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs causing death within minutes.
- Heart failure – When the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to the body then heart failure occurs because the heart becomes weak and stiff. An individual will need to change the lifestyle such as eating a healthy diet, daily exercise, avoid smoking and alcohol that lowers the risk of heart failure.