Cardiac arrest and heart attack are often confused terms. In this text we will go into some details about cardiac arrest, a condition that takes around 325,000 lives in the United States per year. “In all too many cases, the first event is the last event,” says Mukesh Jain, M.D., who participated in a research about cardiac arrest and its predilection to happen in the morning. If you pass ACLS classes in Orange County, California (like the classes offered by Advanced Healthcare Education), you could help save someone’s life if they have cardiac arrest.
What is cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart abruptly stops functioning. It can happen to anyone, including people with a previously diagnosed heart disease.
Cardiac arrest is not the same as heart attack. Cardiac arrest happens because of a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system. This electrical disturbance causes the victim’s heart to beat erratically and chaotically. Cardiac arrest can be brought on by abnormal and irregular heart rhythms, called arrhythmias. One of the most common types of cardiac arrest-related arrhythmias is ventricular fibrillation, during which the heart’s lower chambers stop pumping blood.
After the heart stops working, death occurs within minutes. The terminal outcome can be averted through CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and a defibrillator which shocks the heart back into the regular rhythm.
How is cardiac arrest different from a heart attack?
Heart attack is caused by a blockage which stop the blood flow to the heart. Heart attack refers to the death of the heart muscle tissue, caused by blocked blood flow. The victim of a heart attack can survive. During the heart attack, the heart doesn’t generally stop beating. The symptoms can last for days prior to the attack (unlike cardiac arrest, which happens suddenly).
Protein research explains why cardiac arrest tends to happen in the morning
For decades, healthcare professionals and medical researchers have been aware that the majority of cardiac arrests happen between 6AM and 10AM. It was long suspected that the link between this morning onset of cardiac arrest and the body’s circadian rhythm was in the brain. However, a 2013 research concluded that the link was in a protein referred to as KLF15. The researchers found that this protein participates in regulating the heart’s electrical activity and also, that its levels vary throughout the day. Individuals with low levels of this protein are most susceptible to cardiac arrests. The researchers are now looking for a drug that would boost the levels of KLF15.
Interested in ACLS classes in Orange County, California?
If you are a healthcare professional interested in furthering your career options or expanding your skills for personal or professional reasons, you can turn to Advanced Healthcare Education for ACLS classes in Orange County, California. We have been offering AHA-accredited ACLS, BLS, PALS and NRP for 10+ years. Our mission is to provide our students with engaging, interactive, fun and stress-free classes. We know nurses have enough stress in their life as it is. Feel free to explore our site www.aclsed.com or contact us today to find out more about our courses and locations.