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Who is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest?

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The most common factors are a previous heart attack with a large area of the heart damaged and having coronary artery disease. And your odds of sudden cardiac death are higher during the first 6 months after a heart attack.

Smoking, high blood pressue, a family history of heart disease, and high cholesterol make you more likely to have coronary artery disease.

Many other things increase your chance for sudden cardiac arrest, including heart defects and previous heart trouble, obesity, diabetes, certain medications, and recreational drug use.

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The American Heart Association.  

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

SOURCE: 

The American Heart Association.  

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

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