Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack! Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. This person becomes breathless, pulseless and unresponsive almost immediately.
A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest. Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack include:
A pressure in the center of the chest (can vary from light to heavy and can feel like indigestion)
Pain that can radiate up into the jaw and down the arm, typically to the left side
Shortness of Breath
Women can have some different symptoms. For a humorous look at the symptoms of a heart attack for women view this video from AHA’s Go Red For Women