Pediatric sudden cardiac arrest

Robert Campbell, Stuart Berger, Michael J. Ackerman, W. Robert Morrow, Kathy Jenkins, L. Lu Ann Minich, Geoffrey L. Rosenthal, Christopher S. Snyder, James Twedell

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Pediatric sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which can cause sudden cardiac death if not treated within minutes, has a profound effect on everyone: children, parents, family members, communities, and health care providers. Preventing the tragedy of pediatric SCA, defined as the abrupt and unexpected loss of heart function, remains a concern to all. The goal of this statement is to increase the knowledge of pediatricians (including primary care providers and specialists) of the incidence of pediatric SCA, the spectrum of causes of pediatric SCA, disease-specific presentations, the role of patient and family screening, the rapidly evolving role of genetic testing, and finally, important aspects of secondary SCA prevention. This statement is not intended to address sudden infant death syndrome or sudden unexplained death syndrome, nor will specific treatment of individual cardiac conditions be discussed. This statement has been endorsed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1094-e1102
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Athlete
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart disease
  • Long QT
  • Syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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