Explained: What is cardiac arrest?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals each year—and about 7 in 10 of those happen at home.

Cardiac arrest refers to any event when the heart stops beating and pumping blood to the rest of the body, though it can result from a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is not a heart attack.

Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Thomas Middour of Cardiovascular Group affiliated with Northside Hospital Heart Institute explains the causes of sudden cardiac arrest.

Explained is a series of short videos where Northside experts explain common patient questions.

Learn more about Northside Hospital Heart Institute.

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Dr. Thomas Middour

Specialties: Cardiology

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Dr. Middour is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a member of American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society (previously NASPE). His special interests include atrial fibrillation, echocardiography and implantable cardiac devices.

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