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Sudden Cardiac Death

What is Sudden Cardiac Death?
Heart attack survivors may be at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). A heart attack can damage heart tissue causing the heart to misbehave electrically. Abnormal and dangerously fast electrical signals, or arrhythmias limit your heart's ability to pump blood to the body and brain.

Risk Factors
Often, those who experience sudden cardiac death show no symptoms. It is vital to be aware of the risk factors that lead to sudden cardiac deaths. SCD is most common in those who have previously experienced a heart attack. Also, those who experience rapid heart rhythms are at greater risk of experiencing sudden cardiac death. Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes are also common risk factors of SCD.

Early identification is key. If you are at risk it is important to talk to your doctor.  
For a referral to a St. Joseph's cardiologist call 979.821.7589.

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