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Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack: How to Tell the Difference

October 08, 2017
A man squeezing his heart with his right hand   Do you know the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest? Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they're not the same. Learning the difference can save a life. A simple way to distinguish between cardiac arrest vs. heart attack is, says William H. Frishman, MD, MACP, “Heart attacks involve patients with chest pain. Cardiac arrest involves a patient with chest pain who collapses.”

NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacologyWestchester Medical Center  

 

Source: Reader's Digest