Cardiac arrest is one of the most fatal situation and the person may die within few minutes. You will hardly get time to react once the cardiac arrest symptoms start to show up in the person. The symptoms generally start without prior warnings. Our heart pumps out blood after every electrical pulse generated by atrium but if the electrical pulse is not generated then blood is not pumped out of the heart due to which there is a shortage of blood in different parts of the body including brain and if the supply doesn’t start within few minutes then it may lead to death of the person. Heartbeat becomes very fast causing it to quiver rather then pumping the blood.
Major factors which increases the risk of cardiac arrest are heart diseases, narrowing of aorta, blood clot in any blood vessel. You may have greater risk due to birth defect and inflammation of heart muscles as well. Lets see few sudden and drastic cardiac arrest symptoms
Cardiac Arrest Symptoms
Loss Of Consciousness
During cardiac arrest person looses consciousness. This is caused mainly because of the lack of oxygen and blood in the brain so it stops working properly and the person faints immediately.
You may not observe recurring pulse when you are checking for pulse by pressing the blood vessels.
Patient suffers from intense pain in the chest. He may feel tightness and pressure being applied on his chest. You may also feel a burning sensation as well which goes on increasing with every passing second.
Loss Of Breathing
Patient may feel difficulty in breathing and he will have to exert extra pressure to breathe or else patient may stop breathing completely. If oxygen is not supplied to the patient for a long time then he may die.
It is one of the initial cardiac arrest symptoms. Patient starts vomiting suddenly and suffers from nausea due to this he may become even more weaker and exhausted.
During cardiac arrest patient may feel pain in different parts of the body like arms, legs, neck, jaw and stomach. This is caused because the muscles present in these parts do not get blood.
Diagnosing the cardiac arrest symptoms and calling for help immediately can increase the chances of survival of patient to a great extent. With every passing minute the chances of survival of patient decreases by 10% so you should be very prompt and call help line number as soon as possible. Check for breath and if he is not breathing start giving CPR to the person, push the chest about 100 times per minute. If you have a external defibrillator then use it within two minutes to give an electric pulse to the heart.
Patient must be provided early advanced life support so that he can breathe properly and there is no lack of oxygen in the body. Every second during cardiac arrest is very important so you should act responsibly and help the person instead of panicking.