With all the media surrounding the death of Michael Jackson one of my favorite sites had an interesting article on the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. Do you know the difference??? Maybe this “tidbit” could change the way you look at the pop icons death.
A heart attack, sometimes referred to as myocardial infarction, occurs when there is a sudden blockage of a coronary artery that supplies blood to the heart. It is a circulation issue and can be thought of like a plumbing problem. The blockage causes part of the heart muscle to die.
It was reported that Michael Jackson suffered sudden cardiac arrest; learn more.
Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical problem with the heart where the rhythm of the heart beat becomes chaotic and irregular. Since organization of the heart and its timing are controlled by the electrical systems, this chaos leads to complete malfunction of the intricate system of the heart and the heart simply stops beating. Sudden cardiac arrest is usually associated with an underlying heart problem — a previous heart attack or heart failure. When sudden cardiac arrest occurs the emergency treatment is to begin CPR (source).
Most people do not go into cardiac arrest; they have heart attacks. This is usually closely related to their eating habits and cholesterol levels. The unexpected death of the “King of Pop,” let the world know that we could lose the ones we love in an instant. Make everyday count, love like there isn’t an end, and treat your body with respect.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)