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What known risk factors predispose a person to sudden cardiac arrest?

What known risk factors predispose a person to sudden cardiac arrest?

Coronary artery dz: The most common cause is disease of the coronary arteries, but problems in the electrical conducting system can also be a cause. Cardiomyopathies of many different causes are associated with sudden cardiac arrest. Many of these people have implanted defibrillators to reduce this risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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How can unexplained sudden cardiac arrest with no known cause happen to people with healthy hearts? Is there anything that could avoid this ?

How can unexplained sudden cardiac arrest with no known cause happen to people with healthy hearts? Is there anything that could avoid this ?

testing: Usually this can occur in certain condition when a person is involved in athletics or some strenuous activities. Only thing a person can do these days to have a check before participating in sports especially when there is a family history. ...Read more

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A 51 year old ex figure skater, who's in good shape had Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Are odds of SCA very low for someone with no known heart abnormalities?

A 51 year old ex figure skater, who's in good shape had Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  Are odds of SCA very low for someone with no known heart abnormalities?

Yes, but never zero.: Known for over 8 decades that 1/2 of US population has atherosclerosis by later childhood, despite typically no symptoms for decades. Symptoms are from plaque ruptures & clots, most without evident symptoms, yet can close major arteries within minutes: thus SCA with no warning signs in advance, including normal cholesterol & angiogram without evident problems days prior. ...Read more

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

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

Sick heart: If heart is not working well and if suddenly there is a high demand this can cause an arrest. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances of a young person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest?

I was wondering what are the chances of a young person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest?

SCA: Sudden cardiac arrest in a healthy young person is a very low probability event. When you hear about it in a young person, they generally have a structural heart problem or an underlying disease. ...Read more

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In an older person in their 80's what would be the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest?

In an older person in their 80's what would be the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest?

Coronary artery dise: Coronary artery disease is the most frequent cause of sudden death over the age of 60. Unfortunately some of these have no symptoms prior to their cardiac arrest ...Read more

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Can years of alcohol and drug abuse result in a person's heart just giving out one day in a sudden cardiac arrest?

Can years of alcohol and drug abuse result in a person's heart just giving out one day in a sudden cardiac arrest?

Years of alcohol: abuse can lead to an alcoholic cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy can lead to ventricular arrhythmia. Ventricular arrhythmia can lead to sudden death. In short, Yes. ...Read more

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What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

Long list: Sudden cardiac death had several causes: Coronary disease or heart attack may cause sudden cardiac death, but also sudden death can occur in patients with cardiac abnormality of the heart muscle that can be detected on echo cardiogram and sometime undetected on cardiac echo, electrical genetic anomaly may cause sudden death ...Read more

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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

Most cardiac arrest episodes are due to the heart rhythm becoming inadequate to pump blood to the body. Ventricular fibrillation is commonly the abnormal rhythm associated with cardiac arrest. If effective rhythm isn't ...Read more


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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more