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Sudden cardiac arrest is a serious, life-threatening condition in which the heart stops beating. It’s a health emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If someone you know is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, call 911 right away.
Emergency departments at Dignity Health Central California specialize in delivering the latest treatment for all types of cardiovascular conditions.
We offer immediate care for sudden cardiac arrest in Central California at these locations:
The symptoms of cardiac arrest are obvious. When a person’s heart stops beating, they:
Call 911 if you’re with someone who loses consciousness and is not breathing.
The main cause of cardiac arrest is an irregular or abnormal heart rhythm. Signs that occur before cardiac arrest can include:
Irregular heart rhythms that can result in cardiac arrest may either cause the heart to quiver or beat too fast to maintain a normal rhythm.
Other factors that may lead to cardiac arrest include:
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Treatment and prevention depends on the underlying cause, but initially includes:
The best way to prevent sudden cardiac arrest is to work closely with your primary care provider to treat and manage any known electrical cardiac conditions and other heart problems.
Talk about any medications you’re currently taking to correct a heart rhythm disorder. You should also follow a heart-healthy lifestyle to prevent heart failure and avoid illicit drugs. Together with your doctor, you can create a strategy to keep your heart healthy.
Dignity Health Central California offer emergency care for sudden cardiac arrest in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.