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What is cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops pumping blood round their body and they stop breathing normally.

A person who is having a heart attack may develop a dangerously fast heart rhythm which can cause a cardiac arrest and be fatal.

Kalliopi First Aid Training - Heart Health - Cardiac ArrestA cardiac arrest is sudden and can happen without any warning signals.

The most common cause of a cardiac arrest is a life threatening abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).

Ventricular fibrillation happens when the electrical activity of your heart becomes so chaotic that the heart stops pumping and quivers or 'fibrillates' instead. There are various causes of VF. These can be problems with your heart, or other causes.

Heart-related causes of VF

 

Other causes of VF

 

Coronary heart disease

A lack of oxygen in your body - for example, if you are choking

Heart attack

Cardiomypathy

Electrocution
Congenital heart disease Using recreational drugs, such as cocaine
Heart valve disease Losing a large amount of blood
   
Acute Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)  
Heart conduction disorders that make you more likely to experience abnormal heart rhythms, such as Long QT syndrome  

Can you recover from a cardiac arrest?

It is possible to survive and recover from a cardiac arrest, if you get the right treatment quickly.

VF can sometimes be corrected by giving an electric shock through the chest wall, by using a device called a defibrillator.

This can be done in the ambulance, or at hospital, or it can be done by a member of the public at the scene of a cardiac arrest if there is a community defibrillator nearby.

Immediate CPR can be used to keep oxygen circulating around the body until a defibrillator can be used and/or until the ambulance arrives.

What's the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?

Although a heart attack can lead to a cardiac arrest, they are not the same thing.

A heart attack is a sudden interruption to the blood supply to part of the heart muscle. It is likely to cause chest pain and permanent damage to the heart.  The heart is still sending blood around the body and the person remains conscious and is still breathing.

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body.  Someone who is having a cardiac arrest will suddenly lose consciousness and will stop breathing or stop breathing normally.  Unless immediately treated by CPR this always leads to death within minutes.

A person having a heart attackis at high risk of experiencing a cardiac arrest.

Both a heart attack and a cardiac arrest are life-threatening medical emergencies and require immediate medical help.  

Whether you think you are having a heart attack or if you see someone collapse and suspect a cardiac arrest,  call 112 immediately.

If you are interested to train in the use of a defibrillator, Kalliopi First Aid Training conduct AED / CPR Courses all over Cyprus. 

If you are interested to purchase a defibrillator, Kalliopi First Aid Training is the official distributor of the iPAD AED. 

 

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“Approved First Aid Training Courses in Cyprus” We offer approved, First Aid at Work First Aid Training Courses in Cyprus including: Emergency First Aid at Work; First Aid at Work; Automated External Defibrillator and Pool Lifeguard.  Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training is made according to current guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines 2015. Training Certificates are issued under the provisions of the Health & Safety at Work (First Aid) Regulations 2009 (PI 198/2009).   We also offer a range of DAN Europe (Divers Alert Network) first aid courses for the scuba diving community through our sister company Kalliopi Dive College.  Visit the dedicated scuba diving in Paphos website: www.dive-college.com.cyfor full details and DAN course programmes.

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