Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Menu

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What it is, How to Prevent | National Heart Centre Singapore

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Symptoms

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Causes and Risk Factors

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Diagnosis

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Treatments

​What makes sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) a silent killer is that unlike a heart attack, which has the typical symptoms of chest pains and breathlessness, a cardiac arrest however, has no warning signs and symptoms. The only way to treat a SCA attack and to set the rapid heartbeat back to its normal pace is to deliver an electrical shock to the heart using a device called a defibrillator. For individuals who are identified as patients at a higher risk of suffering from a SCA attack, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a pocket-sized device which sends an electric current to the heart when the heart beat becomes abnormal, could be implanted in the body.

What to do if you witness a sudden cardiac arrest

In the event a person collapses from sudden cardiac arrest, the key to survival is early defibrillation. It has been found that each minute of delay before defibrillation reduces survival by about 10%.
To help a person who has collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest, the following steps have proven to be vital especially since time is precious:

  1. Call 995 and stay on the line.
  2. Check if it is safe to approach the victim; watch for road hazards etc.
  3. Tell someone to get an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  4. If possible, carefully lay the person flat on a hard surface like the ground.
  5. Commence cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until help arrives.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Preparing for surgery

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Post-surgery care

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth
Discover articles,videos, and guides afrom Singhealth's resources across the web. These information are collated, making healthy living much easier for everyone.

TOP

TOP