Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

Who is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest?

Dr. Michael Barrow discusses who is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Anyone with underlying coronary artery disease is the most at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. There are other things that put you at risk, such as if you have a history of irregular heartbeat or a previous sudden cardiac arrest. You are also at risk for sudden cardiac arrest if you have a congenital problem that affects the structure of your heart or if there are electrical abnormalities with your heart’s wiring. The greatest risk is really if you have underlying coronary artery disease with blocked arteries.

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