What You Need to Know: ACC Patient and Clinician Resources on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest claims one life every 90 seconds and is the number one medical cause of death in young athletes. However, survival rates can double or triple with quick action, including immediate CPR and/or use of an AED if one is available.

“What we saw on Monday Night Football emphasizes the fact that a cardiac arrest can occur anytime to anyone,” said ACC Chief Medical Officer Richard J. Kovacs, MD, MACC. “The ACC/AHA recommendations for competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities outline the key components of emergency action plans. The NFL has emergency action plans, and last night we saw them in action. We saw prompt recognition of a cardiac arrest, CPR and an AED quickly available. While we don’t know the outcome yet, we all pray and hope for Damar’s recovery. And we should go back to our schools, clubs and gyms to make sure we all have emergency plans.”

The ACC has several clinician and patient tools to help raise awareness of sudden cardiac death and provide recommendations for management and treatment:

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Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Cardiovascular Care Team, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease, Prevention, Sports and Exercise Cardiology, Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Exercise

Keywords: Cardiology, Exercise, Arrhythmias, Cardiac, Schools, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Athletes, Heart Arrest, Death, Sudden, Cardiac, Data Visualization, Survival Rate, Football

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