June 22, 2013 | by

Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

In the swirling media coverage of actor James Gandolfini’s sudden death, the terms “sudden cardiac arrest” and “heart attack” were sometimes used as if they are interchangeable.

They’re not.

Sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack are actually two distinct cardiac conditions. Walid Saliba, MD, cardiologist and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab, explains.

Read the full post by Cleveland Clinic.