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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a serious and life-threatening medical emergency. Sudden cardiac arrest happens when the heart suddenly stops beating, and may happen without any warning. Someone may seem fine one minute and collapse the next. Without immediate treatment with defibrillation (an electric shock to the heart), a person can die in minutes.

Common Risk Factors of SCA

Common risk factors include:

· A family history of coronary heart disease

· High blood pressure

· High cholesterol

· Obesity

· Diabetes