Sudden Death Prevention
What is it?
Sudden cardiac death refers to death from loss of heart function. While a heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs from the blockage of coronary arteries that subsequently prevent blood flow, sudden cardiac death is characterized by a sudden irregularity in the heart rhythm that occurs in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricular fibrillation), which can prevent blood from being delivered to the body. This may lead to loss of consciousness and death.
Sudden cardiac death has been linked to a history of heart attack, coronary artery disease, and low ejection fraction of the heart. In younger patients, it may be linked to a congenital heart defect.
The Loyola difference
Loyola's team of expert electrophysiologists, heart failure specialists, advanced practice nurses, technical staff, imaging experts, and other professionals work together to determine the best treatment options for patients with cardiac rhythm disorders. We offer expertise in cardiac device management, including device implantation, lead extractions, and medical management. Our state-of-the-art equipment allow physicians to use leading-edge technologies to perform procedures.
Loyola is a nationally recognized leader in cardiac care. U.S. News & World Report ranked us 18th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in 2012, making this our 10th year in the top 50.
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