Before I had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest I had no idea that it was or what it meant. I found out the hard way and feel this need to educate people about it. So many times the media interchanges these two terms when it comes to articles they write about people and heart events. I also find family and friends at large don’t know the difference either.
For the difference between a cardiac arrest and heart attack, click here. In my case, my heart is healthy with no abnormalities, no blocked arteries or structural defects.
Sometimes a Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens because of an Inherited Arrhythmia, to read about it, click here. In my case, there is no known cause, there is a slim possibility it is inherited, but DNA testing would need to be done. I have no family history.
I have learned more about the heart in the last two years than I ever thought I would, at times when speaking about my heart health I have been asked if I am a nurse. I have always been one to research and educate myself about things, especially when it comes to my health, I am in no way an expert but it helps me to know and to be able to speak intelligently about it. My ignorance was such that I had no idea that anyone under the age of 75 could have a device that zapped them back to the land of the living only to find out that there are babies currently living with these devices because they have inherited an arrhythmia. I tell you, whenever I feel sorry for myself for having to deal with this at my age, I think of the young ones out there who have just started their lives and how it will impact them.
I don’t have many options left and will be seeing a Heart Transplant doctor in near future to see if I am a candidate. I have a long list of questions to ask.