Major Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Major Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Recreational drug abuse
Heart failure
Birth defects of the heart/blood vessels, or an enlarged heart
Risk Factors for SCA
Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
Personal or family history of SCA
Developing CAD
The major risk factor for SCA is having coronary artery disease (CAD). Most people who have SCA have some degree of CAD. But most of these people don't know they have CAD until SCA occurs. Their CAD is "silent" (that is, it has no symptoms), and doctors and nurses have not previously found it. Because of this, most cases of SCA happen in people with silent CAD who have no known heart disease at the time of the event.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
Lack of physical activity
Overweight and obesity
High blood pressure
Increasing age
High blood cholesterol
A family history of early cardiovascular disease

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