A to Z: Cardiac Arrestenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgWith this medical emergency, the heart suddenly stops beating and prevents oxygen from getting to the body. Read more about it here.Cardiac arrest, CA, sudden cardiac arrest, SCA, cardiopulmonary arrest, circulatory arrest, heart, heartbeat, arrhythmia, sinus node, brain damage, sudden cardiac death, loss of consciousness, fatigue, fainting, shortness of breath, vomiting, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, defibrillator, defibrillation, electrical shock, heart disease, heart attack, enlarged heart, heart trauma01/05/201503/18/201909/02/2019007903a8-0693-416d-ba35-cafba1a38807https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cardiac-arrest.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: CA; Sudden Cardiac Arrest; SCA; Cardiopulmonary Arrest; Circulatory Arrest</strong></p> <p>Cardiac (KAR-dee-ak) arrest is a condition in which the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/">heart</a> suddenly stops beating.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout the body, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell. A natural electrical system in the heart causes it to beat in its regular rhythm, but sometimes the electrical signals flowing through the heart don't "communicate" properly with the heart muscle. This can cause the heart to start beating in an abnormal pattern called an arrhythmia. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/arrhythmias.html/">Arrhythmias</a> can cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow. Some can even cause the heart to stop pumping blood to the body. When this happens, it's called cardiac arrest.</p> <p>During cardiac arrest, body parts &mdash; including the brain &mdash; don't get the oxygen they need, and they can become damaged very quickly. This can cause death (called sudden cardiac death) in a matter of minutes. Signs of cardiac arrest include a sudden collapse, no pulse, no breathing, and a loss of consciousness. Right before cardiac arrest, some&nbsp;people may feel fatigued, have chest pain or&nbsp;shortness of breath, faint, or vomit. Often, though, cardiac arrest happens with no warning.</p> <p>Cardiac arrest can be caused by heart disease, a heart attack, an enlarged heart, electrical problems in the heart, electrical shock, the use of certain illegal drugs, or an injury to the heart at the wrong moment of the heart's cycle.</p> <p>When cardiac arrest happens, it's a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or a device called a defibrillator that delivers an electrical shock to start the heart beating again.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Cardiac arrest can cause death very quickly, but it is possible to survive if someone receives immediate medical care. There's no way to know who may experience cardiac arrest, but taking certain&nbsp;steps can minimize the risk. These include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and staying physically active.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Arrhythmia (Abnormal Heartbeat)An arrhythmia is an abnormal heartbeat usually caused by an electrical "short circuit" in the heart. Many are minor and not a health threat, but some can indicate a more serious problem.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/arrhythmias.html/19038a47-2ae4-48f8-8bd5-9e46150171b0
ArrhythmiasArrhythmias are abnormal heartbeats usually caused by an electrical "short circuit" in the heart. Many are minor and not a significant health threat, but others can indicate a more serious problem.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/arrhythmias.html/79184e00-417e-4ce4-a49b-2e89de1b1bd4
CPREvery parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cpr.html/a1e1570d-d463-448d-aca6-15c2d12abc5f
CPR: A Real LifesaverCPR saves lives. Find out how it works.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/cpr.html/02268b15-3ce3-49d5-9b51-665218cca4e7
Cocaine & Crack: What Parents Need to KnowCocaine and crack are illegal drugs that produce an intense high and can cause a stroke, heart attack, or even death.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/drugs-cocaine.html/ca94ef4d-ab0d-4445-823d-6fd8bb025405
Heart DiseaseHeart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, mainly affects older people. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/heart-disease.html/74747da9-ead7-47d6-9fe3-5d0eb8200a4d
Heart HealthAre you heart smart? Learn about this amazing muscle, including how to care for kids with heart conditions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/heart-health-center.html/88f2105c-8446-4576-bb5e-078f57766557
Heart and Circulatory SystemThe heart and circulatory system are our body's lifeline, delivering blood to the body's tissues. Brush up on your ticker with this body basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/52398b6a-54a6-4272-a569-42ed5b12aeac
Methamphetamines: What Parents Need to KnowMethamphetamines are dangerous stimulants that speed up a person's heart rate and bodily functions. When used in large doses, meth can kill.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/drugs-meth.html/2ae9edfb-6341-4aba-812a-755bd61aec97
The HeartYour heart beats and sends oxygen throughout your entire body. Find out how it works and how heart problems can be fixed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/heart-center.html/d4cb468c-ba42-454a-94bf-4173f8e15a69
Your Heart & Circulatory SystemYour heart is a hard-working muscle. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/heart.html/9730472f-2ef1-413a-92bf-041c533b9564
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