You’ve had an SCA
jannoon028/Shutterstock Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is “medicalese” for “your heart stopped.” As the name implies, it can occur suddenly without warning. There are many causes of SCA, including irregular heart rhythms and/or genetic abnormalities; the condition can result in sudden death but doesn’t always. Make sure you remember these 7 easy CPR steps.
You are not having a heart attack
Gods_Kings/Shutterstock Check out the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest: A heart attack may precede or follow SCA, but they are not the same. According to the American Heart Association, a heart attack is a circulation problem—a blockage in the blood flow to the heart—but the heart can continue to pump. With SCA, the problem is an electrical disturbance that disrupts your heart beat.