Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) happens when the heart unexpectedly stops working. SCD is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). When a person experiences SCD, he or she collapses, is unresponsive to touch or sound and usually stops breathing. SCD victims will die if they don’t receive emergency medical help. An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) must be used to restart the heart.
Up to 40,000 cardiac arrests happen in Canada each year. Your heart has a natural pacemaker, called the sinus node, which creates electrical impulses that cause your heart to beat. When there is a disorder in this electrical system, an arrhythmia may occur.
Working together, CANet members including our Network investigators, partners, and patients aim to REDUCE the incidence of sudden cardiac death by 10%. Below are some of the CANet-funded studies helping us achieve our goals.