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Treatments for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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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.