What is a cardiac arrest?

What is a cardiorespiratory arrest?

What is a cardiac arrest?


A cardiac arrest occurs when one of the heart muscles does not get enough blood. The longer it takes to interfere and not offer the person in cardiac arrest treatment, the more damage the heart muscle will receive.

Therefore, it is a really serious medical emergency where the life of the patient is at high risk. In Spain, around 30.000 cardiac arrests are carried out every year and the different studies carried out show that early action makes it possible for the survival rate to increase by 70%, which is why it is vitally important to educate the population in basic CPR. to know how to act in these situations.

Symptoms of a cardiac arrest

Some of the symptoms of a cardiac arrest could be the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Pain in other parts of the body such as the jaw, neck, back, etc.
  • Feel dizzy
  • Welder
  • cough or sneeze
  • A strong feeling of anxiety or a panic attack
  • Difficulty breathing


Heart attack risk factors


Risk factors for cardiac arrest include:

  • Men over 45 and women over 55.
  • High blood pressure since, over the years, they can damage the arteries of the heart.
  • Being a smoker or having been for a long time.
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • Consumption of drugs.
  • Family history of cardiac arrest.
  • Chronic stress

It is very important to keep in mind that some of these factors can be prevented and the vast majority depend on changing your lifestyle.


How to act in the event of a cardiac arrest?


If you suspect that a person is in cardiac arrest, the most important thing is to call an ambulance as soon as possible. Once you receive medical and professional treatment, the patient will have a better chance of survival. However, there are other options that might help the person while the ambulance arrives:


 Ensure a safe environment


Make sure that the patient is not surrounded by many people and has enough safe space to be able to help him during cardiac arrest.


Check the status of the patient with cardiac arrest

Check if the patient is able to react to what you say or is able to breathe. If he is unconscious or gasping, proceed to offer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to maintain blood flow.

Remember that CPR consists of pressing quickly (between 100 and 120 compressions per minute) and with enough force on the patient's chest.


Automatic external defibrillator


An automatic external defibrillator will help the patient in cardiac arrest and improve the patient's chances of survival. In Neosalus We are preparing to guarantee cardioprotection solutions through our defibrillators.

More and more defibrillators are being implanted in public areas, so the survival rate that we have mentioned above increases since they are usually automatic defibrillators and that helps remarkably in extreme situations.

In short, at Neosalus we take care of your health and we make ourselves available through our defibrillators and training so that, if at any point in your life you find yourself in a similar situation, you can act and increase the chances of survival of the person you are trying to help.