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The Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment helps you find out what is putting you at risk of heart disease and stroke - and how you can take action to live a longer and fuller life.

Just answer some simple questions about your health and lifestyle to get your customized report today. It's free, confidential and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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What is the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

A sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating, there are no signs of breathing, and the person does not respond to any stimulus.  Cardiac arrest is usually the result of an electrical disturbance that disrupts the heart beat, which is why defibrillation as soon as possible after the arrest is critical, to restore the heartbeat to a normal rhythm.

Heart attack is usually a much slower onset problem, with the victim usually conscious and able to complain of symptoms like chest pain or nausea.  A heart attack is still a medical emergency, and it’s important that the public recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and call their emergency response number or 9-1-1 right away.