sudden cardiac death

sudden cardiac death
sudden cardiac death n death occurring within minutes or hours following onset of acute symptoms of cardiac arrest resulting esp. from an arrhythmia

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unexpected natural death from cardiac causes, occurring rapidly after onset of acute symptoms in a patient with or without known preexisting heart disease; the cardiac dysfunction produces abrupt loss of cerebral blood flow. The interval between onset of symptoms and death may range from less than one hour to almost 24 hours.

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