For Emergencies

If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911. Or go to the nearest qualified emergency room.

Treatments for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Your Treatment Begins Here

Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated within minutes. Any time a person collapses, cardiac arrest is a possibility. Immediately call 911 and check for a pulse. If there is none and you are at a public location, look for a sign that displays "AED" and a heart symbol. This is a portable defibrillator that may save the person's life. Anyone can operate these life-saving devices. Defibrillators shock the heart back into rhythm. Many public places now have prominently displayed portable defibrillators. 

For the fortunate few who survive a sudden cardiac arrest, the Spectrum Health heart specialists are experts in implantable defibrillators and other heart-saving technology. Learn more here.


Treatments We Provide

Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring

With consistent check-ins and some assisted mechanical devices we can keep an eye on your heart rhythm, helping to understand and diagnose certain heart disease.

Implantable Defibrillator

A defibrillator is implanted under the skin near the collarbone. It records the speed and rhythm of your heart, and produces small shocks to correct heartbeat irregularities.

Medication Management

Along with very important lifestyle changes, there are a variety of medicines used to help treat heart conditions. Medicines for heart disease are used to ease discomfort or lessen symptoms, but some can also be essential in preventing life-threatening episodes. It is important to take your medicines exactly as prescribed, and work with your doctor on both lifestyle and medicine changes.

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy

This wearable (as opposed to implanted) device combines the steady regulation of a pacemaker with the ability to shock the heart back into rhythm.