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What causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cardiac arrest

A number of causes underlying cardiac disease like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrythmogenic right heart cardiomyopathy, could be sudden clot if has a familial disposition to hypercoagulability ( Leiden factor V, Protein S or C), Wolf Parkinson White rarely , Long QT syndrome ( if given the wrong meds) , other genetic variants as well as cocaine, amphentamines,alcohol poisoning and other drugs.

In brief: Cardiac arrest

A number of causes underlying cardiac disease like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrythmogenic right heart cardiomyopathy, could be sudden clot if has a familial disposition to hypercoagulability ( Leiden factor V, Protein S or C), Wolf Parkinson White rarely , Long QT syndrome ( if given the wrong meds) , other genetic variants as well as cocaine, amphentamines,alcohol poisoning and other drugs.
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
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Dr. Jason Ramirez
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Arrhythmia

simple answer is an arrhythmia or sudden abnormal electrical impulses in heart.
hard answer is what causes it to happen. I agree, some risk factors include prolong QT syndrome (or iatrogenic prolong QT) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ex: young athlete collapses on court). of course illicit drugs and certain prescription drug overdoses lead to arrhythmias too.

In brief: Arrhythmia

simple answer is an arrhythmia or sudden abnormal electrical impulses in heart.
hard answer is what causes it to happen. I agree, some risk factors include prolong QT syndrome (or iatrogenic prolong QT) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ex: young athlete collapses on court). of course illicit drugs and certain prescription drug overdoses lead to arrhythmias too.
Dr. Jason Ramirez
Dr. Jason Ramirez
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Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tough question

We know some risk factors - prolonged QT Syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, blunt trauma to the chest, possibly SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy), drug overdoses & cardiac complications of anorexia nervosa.
Check out the CDC/NIH registry for more info: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2013/nhlbi-24.htm

In brief: Tough question

We know some risk factors - prolonged QT Syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, blunt trauma to the chest, possibly SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy), drug overdoses & cardiac complications of anorexia nervosa.
Check out the CDC/NIH registry for more info: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2013/nhlbi-24.htm
Dr. Erin Robertson
Dr. Erin Robertson
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