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Sudden cardiac arrest SCA

What is sudden cardiac arrest?

What can cause your heart to stop beating


We hear a lot about heart diseases and causes resulting from our wrong daily habits.

Most of them can be treated and coexist with, but there is a disease that affects the heart and makes it stop pumping blood through the body without any introductions or previous symptoms, which would lead to the death of the injured person on the spot. This disease, known as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

What is the sudden cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrests happen when the muscle of the heart suddenly stops beating due to its malfunctioning.


The heart has an internal electrical conducting system that controls the rhythm of the heartbeat. Problems in this system can cause abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmia that makes the heart stop beating.

There are many possible causes of SCA, but sometimes there is no known cause of it and without medical attention the person would die within a few minutes.

What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

The most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest is coronary artery disease, which happens when the arteries that provide blood to the heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the build-up of cholesterol and other fatty materials that form plaque on their inner walls, called atherosclerosis. As it grows, less blood can flow through the arteries and the heart muscle can’t get the oxygenated blood it needs, causing permanent heart damage.


Because the sudden cardiac arrest is linked to coronary artery disease, the same risk factors for coronary artery disease may also put you at the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. These include:


  • A family history of coronary artery disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High blood cholesterol.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Physical inactivity.
  • Unrelieved stress.

Secrets to save your heart!

Following this heart-healthy lifestyle can help you lower your risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


1. Heart-healthy eating.

The following food are the foundation of a heart-healthy diet:

  • Vegetables and fruit such as greens (spinach, collard greens, and pears).
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt.
  • Protein-rich foods such as fish, lean meats, eggs, and nuts.


Read more about the healthy food choices that can give you a way to control your risk of cardiac arrest in this article: “Love your Heart and Eat right”.


2. Reduce stress.

Learning how to manage stress and cope with problems can improve your emotional and physical health and can reduce your risk of both heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest.

Read more about stress and how can it silently harm your heart in this article: “Do not underestimate Stress, IT CAN KILL”.

3. Being physically active.

Physical exercises make your heart beat faster and use more oxygen than usual. Participate in aerobic exercise for at least 10 minutes at a time spread throughout the week.


Read more about the wise exercise routine and how it can prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in this article: “When You Exercise... Do it wisely”.


4. Quitting smoking.

Cigarettes damage the function of your heart and the structure of your blood vessels. This damage doubles your risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest.

Read more about smoking and how it can harm your cardiovascular system and increase your risk of having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Can you recover from a cardiac arrest?

Yes, you can.

If the heart can be shocked quickly with a defibrillator, within minutes after collapse, many victims may survive.


The difference between life and death is a fundamental with regard to someone you really care about. Therefore, being well trained on applying AED can make you a saver of someone life.


Availability of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is critical for immediate response to cardiac arrest.

When your heart needs care, Philips takes action.

Because We, at Philips care about people's health and well-being, we develop our AED that help them respond to cardiac arrest emergencies quickly and effectively.

It will simply analyze the rate, size and wave shape of human cardiac rhythm. By applying its electrode pads to the person's chest, it will automatically shock the heart and restore electrical activity to it. It will revive the heart's pumping function in a simple, professional and highly successful Way.


Philips Automated External Defibrillator, is leading the way to save a life.

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