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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

About Your Care and Condition

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) happens quickly and it is not a heart attack. It is a problem with the heart's electrical system. Something causes the heart to beat dangerously fast, or to beat with a rhythm that is irregular. When either of these things happen, the heart is not able to pump effectively and it may suddenly stop beating.

Physicians and medical professionals at Spectrum Health's Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center are committed to increasing awareness and prevention of SCA. With as many as 335,000 cases in the U.S. each year, SCA is responsible for more deaths than AIDS, breast cancer and lung cancer combined.

If you are in one of the risk groups, it's critical that you talk with your doctor about preventing SCA. Depending on your medical history, your doctor may recommend a lifesaving implantable device.