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The ACCESS trial intends to show that VT/VF cardiac arrest is a strong predictor of an underlying and correctable cardiac condition. The trial also hopes to show that initial catheterization laboratory admission results in significantly improved functionally favorable survival compared with current practices.
Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart that is immediate and unexpected. This loss of heart function disrupts its pumping, which in turns stops blood flow to the rest of the body.
Sudden cardiac arrest is not necessarily a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when a blockage in the arteries supplying the heart limits blood flow to a portion of the heart. However, a heart attack can trigger an electrical malfunction that leads to sudden cardiac arrest.
If not treated immediately, sudden cardiac arrest can cause sudden cardiac death. Beginning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chest compressions can improve the chances of survival until emergency personnel arrive.
The resources found here can be used to learn more about cardiac arrest and heart attack. Some resources may have information on how to potentially prevent cardiac arrest while others offer support to those who have suffered from cardiac arrest. These are publicly available educational resources and are not associated with the Indiana University School of Medicine.