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What is sudden cardiac arrest; how to prevent it: Health Check Ep 63

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Health Check Ep 63: What is sudden cardiac arrest; how to prevent it

15:30 mins

Synopsis: Every first and third Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times helps you make sense of health matters that affect you.

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when he collapsed during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland, and had to be resuscitated. In Singapore, there have been cases of young and fit individuals who went into cardiac arrests during or after training, and then collapsed and died.

In this episode, ST senior health correspondent Joyce Teo speaks with Associate Professor Ching Chi Keong, a senior consultant at the Department of Cardiology and the Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) about the serious heart condition, how it is not a heart attack, and if there's anything we can do to prevent it.

  1. Is sudden cardiac arrest preventable, and when to get assessed for risk of heart disease (4:23)
  2. Chances of sudden cardiac arrest survival (06:58)
  3. What to do when a stranger or friend collapses with suspected cardiac arrest? (7:38)
  4. The differences between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (10:00)
  5. How to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, and chances of getting sudden cardiac arrest for those with no family history of heart disease (12:32)

Produced by: Joyce Teo ( and Fa'izah Sani

Edited by: Fa'izah Sani and Penelope Lee

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