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A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes sudden cardiac arrest in a young and previously healthy person?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Undiagnosed structural heart problems can (very rarely) lead to a cardiac arrest in what appears to be an otherwise healthy person. Certain illegal drugs, particularly stimulants such as cocaine, also have the potential to cause rhythm problems that can lead to cardiac arrest.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Sick heart: If heart is not working well and if suddenly there is a high demand this can cause an arrest.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can cause sudden cardiac arrest in young people ?

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
Cardiology 17 years experience
Abnormal rythm: Cardiac arrest in young people is most commonly cause by an abnormal rhythm that originates from the pumping chamber of the heart (ventricle). Heart attacks are a rare cause for cardiac arrest in young people.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How can sudden fright or shock cause cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Rarely if ever: There is coronary spasm as a known entity, but not so much from fright! fight, fright, flight does stimulate a significant chemical Epinephrine and norepinephrine response and superimposed on coronary atherosclerosis could cause trouble.
Last updated Mar 10, 2018


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