Sudden cardiac death – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A heart attack is when the flow of blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked.
Nickens: Sudden cardiac death is not a heart attack.
Narrator: Dr. Patrice Nickens at the NIH says it’s sometimes called sudden cardiac arrest.
Nickens: It’s a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
Narrator: She adds, if this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac death may happen after or during recovery from a heart attack. If not treated within minutes, it is usually deadly. For more on sudden cardiac death, including risk factors and prevention tips, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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