Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

How do you prevent sudden cardiac arrest in people with no underlying conditions?

Dr. Michael Barrow discusses the difficulty in preventing sudden cardiac arrest if you are not aware of any risk factors. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


At the end of the day, you can’t absolutely prevent it. All you can do is modify the risk factors that put you at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. But you don’t always know that you’ve got those risk factors. That’s one of the problems we run into in high school athletics. You’ve got a young, healthy population who wouldn’t normally be suspicious for having underlying problems, yet in fact they may have some, which puts them at risk for a sudden cardiac event.

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