Sudden Cardiac Death​

What is Sudden Cardiac Death?

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is an abrupt and unexpected loss of heart function, often resulting from arrhythmias or other heart conditions. SCD can occur without warning and is a medical emergency requiring immediate resuscitative measures.

Symptoms Prior to Sudden Cardiac Death

There may be minimal or no symptoms before SCD, but some warning signs can include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Palpitations or irregular heartbeats
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

Prevention Strategies

Because SCD often occurs without warning, prevention is critical:

  • Regular screenings for heart conditions, especially for those with family history
  • Management of risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol
  • Implantable devices like defibrillators for high-risk individuals
  • Lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, and smoking cessation

If you have known heart conditions or risk factors that make you susceptible to Sudden Cardiac Death, proactive management is crucial. Schedule your appointment with our cardiac specialists today for comprehensive evaluations and preventative strategies.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for emergency medical care. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms such as severe chest pain or acute shortness of breath, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical assistance.