Key differences between heart attack & cardiac arrest:
The cause of a heart attack is a blocked artery, whereas the cause of a cardiac arrest is an electrical problem with the heart. When a person suffers a heart attack, they will still be conscious and breathing, but when a person suffers a cardiac arrest, they will stop breathing and will be unconscious.
Both will require you to contact 000 for medical assistance, but only cardiac arrest will require CPR and defibrillation. Cardiac arrest is more fatal than a heart attack. A heart attack can sometimes lead to cardiac arrest which will mean CPR and defibrillation is then needed.
Due to the unpredictability of cardiac arrest, we recommend that all individuals take part in CPR and first aid training. We also strongly urge you to consider purchasing an AED. It has been found that when a defibrillator is used during resuscitation, survival rates are significantly increased compared to when only using CPR.
Book yourself in for one of our CPR courses today via our online booking system or browse our extensive range of defibrillators and defibrillator packs on our online shop.