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March 10, 2017 | by The Polyclinic

Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest

What’s the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest? The two get mixed up pretty commonly, says Dr. Kier Huehnergarth.

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, often due to plaque build-up in the arteries. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. There are several different types of cardiac arrest and a heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest. To help you remember the difference, think about a heart attack being a “blood flow problem” whereas cardiac arrest is an “electrical problem.”

Listen in as Dr. Huehnergarth discusses heart health with Shannon O’Kelley on KOMO radio’s Health Talk, including the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest.