By Stephen Jenkins, MD
Dr. Jenkins discusses the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. A heart attack is a blockage of the coronary artery where the blood flow is limited and the person has damage to their heart muscle. Cardiac arrest is a problem with the electrical rhythm of the heart where you develop conditions and the heart muscle become chaotic and no longer properly pumps blood. Causes for these conditions include the following risk factors: diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and are generally the same risk factors as those associated with heart disease. Patients that are more at risk are those with more risk factors. Prevention is the key when it comes to heart disease. Risk factors can be limited by living a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and regular exercise.
Dr. Jenkins practices at Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital. He can be reached at (504) 842-7690.