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  Sudden Cardiac Arrest
 

Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping after an abnormally fast heart rhythm. A person loses consciousness and emergency treatment such as external defibrillation may return the heart to a more normal rhythm.

After a person recovers, a heart rhythm specialist will often prescribe treatment to control the heart rate or to automatically shock the heart into a normal rhythm.

Treatment options after a person is revived from sudden cardiac arrest may include medication and an implanted defibrillator.

A defibrillator detects when the heart's ventricles begin quivering (ventricular fibrillation) and delivers therapies that return the heart to a more normal rhythm.

People with an implanted defibrillator continue their lives with some lifestyle adjustments.

 
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