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Avera Medical Minute: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Live 10/17/10

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Electrophysiologist Dr, Riyad Mohama with North Central Heart. Electrophysiologist Dr, Riyad Mohama with North Central Heart.

 It doesn't get the attention breast cancer does, but October is also sudden cardiac arrest awareness month.  Action News Anchor Nancy Naeve Brown asked Electrophysiologist Dr. Riyad Mohama with North Central Heart what happen when you go into sudden cardiac arrest and why we need to be aware of this condition.

Electrophysiologist Dr. Riyad Mohama with North Central Heart says, "Sudden Cardiac Death is a catastrophic event. This is an electrical malfunction of the heart. The heart at the time of the arrest is at a very fast, dangerously fast rhythm. It almost quivers and does not pump blood all over body and within a few minutes a person dies.

Q: Is there anything you can do to prevent that? I'm guessing a defib could make a big difference?

A: Well yes, early defibrillation helps but bystanders are very important too. A simple chest compression is just as important as full CPR. Don't be afraid to try and help that person who is in need. What also helps is implanting a defibrillator system. We could put that in to help as a primary prevention if you can recognize who are at risk. You put that in them or if the event happens implant them too. I have to say though, if the event does happen very few make it out of the hospital after that cardiac arrest. It's very important to recognize the warning signs and red flags for individuals because prevention is key."

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