The newsletter of the Memory Disorders Project at Rutgers University

Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest is a condition in which the blood suddenly stops circulating throughout the body. Heart failure is a common cause. Without continuous blood supply, body tissues are starved for the oxygen and nutrients they need to function, and may sustain damage. If circulation is not restored (e.g. by resuscitation), brain damage and death follow within a few minutes.

by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain