A rapid, unexpected loss of heart function known as sudden cardiac death (SCD) is typically the result of an abnormal heart rate (arrhythmia). It can happen to people who have or don’t know they have heart problems. Several things can increase the chance of SCD, such as:
Keep in mind that SCD may strike unexpectedly and without notice, even in those who aren’t susceptible to it. You should talk to a cardiologist about your own risk of SCD based on your medical history, family history, and other variables if you’re worried about it. Often, preventing SCD means taking care of underlying heart problems, dealing with risk factors, and living a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor will work with you to make a safety plan that fits your needs and risk factors. It’s important to carefully follow the advice of your doctor and keep regular follow-up visits to check on your heart health.