Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

What is sudden cardiac arrest?

Dr. Michael Barrow discusses what happens to your body during sudden cardiac arrest. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition where your heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It just stops. When this happens, there’s no more blood flow and organs start to die very quickly.

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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