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www.wmfd.com - One heart attack is not like the other, as some people have heart issues and live long lives, while others can be perfectly healthy and then suddenly pass when their heart gives out, so Carl Azuz explains heart issues in today's Health Minute. }}" />

   
 
 
Health Minute Explains Heart Issues

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  Original Published: 11/17/2013 One heart attack is not like the other. Some people have heart issues and live long lives, while others can be perfectly healthy and then suddenly pass when their heart gives out. There are things you can do to survive but it's important to understand how the heart works in case you or someone else is stricken with a sudden heart problem. Here's Carl Azuz with today's Health Minute. When Daniel Smith finished the Marine Corps Marathon earlier this year, he was psyched, not only because it was a tough race, but five years before when he was training for the same race, something terrible happened. "On the eigth mile, I remember coming around the corner, thinking, I don't think I am going to finish today and just collapsed," says Smith. Luckily, someone who knew CPR was running behind Smith. He was revived and sent to the hospital. "A week later I was out and running a month later," Smith says. Smith suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. It's unlike a regular heart attack, in this case, the heart just stops beating. He was lucky as most patients don't survive. "The heart no longer effectively pumps blood or creates a blood pressure, and the person passes out," says Dr. Warren Levy of Virginia Heart. In some cases, like Smith's a heart attack is the main cause of cardiac arrest. But the average heart attack is not a cardiac arrest. "A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries close off and no blood goes downstream and that part of the heart muscle starts dying, but the patient is awake and alert," says Dr. Levy. For a heart attack, immediate hospital care is important. The quicker the blockage is removed the less heart damage. For a cardiac arrest, CPR is the best way to get the heart pumping until the patient gets to the hospital. Classes on CPR are readily available at hospitals and health care organizations like the Red Cross. It's what saved Dan Smith's life so he could run a race another day.
   
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