Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

What is the most significant thing that helps an athlete survive an impact that causes commotio cordis?

Dr. Jeffrey Rayborn discusses how availability of an AED can help athletes survive a commotio cordis episode. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Having certified athletic trainers and other medical personnel and hopefully AEDs rapidly available at events greatly increases the rate of survival with an event such as commotio cordis.

That is due to the quick response and obtaining the correct care within that three-minute window to shock the heart back into regular rhythm.

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