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When a patient first goes into a cardiac arrest, we must remember that there is a sudden change in the internal environment of that patient and the perfusion to the brain will stop. However, certain functions of the brain and certain electrical activity will continue even though the heart has stopped. A couple of the more common signs that we see immediately following a cardiac arrest are, movements of the body that appear to be like a fit, and also gasping which we would call agonal gasps. Now it is really important that the person who is responding to that cardiac arrest is very clear that they are taking the right course of action depending on what they can see and that they do not get agonal gasps mixed up for normal breathing and for involuntary motor movements to be mistaken for a fit.