Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

Can sudden cardiac arrest be prevented?

Dr. Michael Barrow discusses ways to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in people with known risk factors for the condition. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Sudden cardiac arrest can only be prevented if you know you’re at risk for the condition and you address the underlying problems that put you at risk. If you have heart disease, blocked arteries or irregular heartbeats, you are at greater risk for sudden cardiac arrest. If you want to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, then you address the underlying problems.

Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics