Many Americans think practicing heart health simply means evaluating habits such as eating right, getting enough exercise and effectively managing stress, and making changes as necessary.

While these practices are important, another vital aspect of heart health is learning about a condition that many young athletes who consider themselves to be active and healthy may mistakenly overlook as a vital component to evaluating their heart health, Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most commonly through the use of a defibrillator. The graphic below further explains Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the Chain of Survival and how you can ensure that you are as equipped as possible to save a life should the need arise.

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For more information, check out the Ohio Department of Health’s website, which provides a multitude of additional resources.