FYI: Since I didn't know the difference until after I experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) - News Flash: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is Not a Heart Attack
The Institute of Medicine Report on cardiac arrest highlights the need to educate the public about the difference between heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest. * The SCA Foundation summarizes the difference this way: When someone suffers a heart attack, the person is awake and the heart is beating. When someone suffers SCA, the person is not awake and the heart is not beating.* In both cases, bystanders need to call 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of SCA, bystanders should also be ready, willing and able to give CPR and use automated external defibrillators to resuscitate the patient.