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10 Things That Happen When Your Heart Stops

Reader's Digest Logo By Denise Mann, MS of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is 'medicalese' for 'your heart stopped.' As the name implies, it can occur suddenly without warning. There are many causes of SCA, including irregular heart rhythms and/or genetic abnormalities; the condition can result in sudden death but doesn't always.

You've had an SCA

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is 'medicalese' for 'your heart stopped.' As the name implies, it can occur suddenly without warning. There are many causes of SCA, including irregular heart rhythms and/or genetic abnormalities; the condition can result in sudden death but doesn't always.

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