Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 28, 2016


Sumeet Chugh, MD, associate director, Heart Institute; director, Heart Rhythm Center, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles. ; John Day, MD, president, Heart Rhythm Society; director, Heart Rhythm Specialists, Intermountain Heart Institute, Murray, UT.; Jan. 5, 2016, Annals of Internal Medicine.

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AREFA CASSOOBHOY: Sudden cardiac arrest is frightening. But it's a little less scary if you know that it's really not that sudden. A new study found that about half of cardiac arrest patients had telltale warning signs for a month beforehand. But most people ignored them. Only one in five actually reached out to a doctor. So the big takeaway here is pay attention to your body.

Here some of the symptoms-- chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and flu-like symptoms. If you have these symptoms and call your doctor, you'll have a five times higher chance of living through cardiac arrest.

So listen to your heart. For WebMD, I'm Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy.