cardiac arrest


: temporary or permanent cessation of the heartbeat

Examples of cardiac arrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The son of the Lakers’ LeBron James suffered cardiac arrest over the summer during a team workout on campus, and his status has been uncertain ever since. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 The infant was found in a crib suffering cardiac arrest near the mother. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 21 Nov. 2023 Bronny suffered cardiac arrest while working out with the Trojans over the summer and still hasn’t made his college debut. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The messages were sent four months before Presley suffered fatal cardiac arrest in January. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 2 Nov. 2023 The study didn’t look at how many athletes had a cardiac arrest and survived, something researchers hope to explore in the future. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 13 Nov. 2023 Emergency officials responded to a call for a cardiac arrest, ABC News reported, and though an official cause of death has not been reported there were no signs of trauma or foul play, unnamed sources told ABC. Ana Faguy, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The outlet reported that approximately two and a half hours into the surgery at São Luiz Hospital on Monday, Andrade suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to the ICU, but died Tuesday morning. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Officials later said that Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest and had his heartbeat restored on the field before being taken away in an ambulance. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cardiac arrest was in 1873

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“Cardiac arrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

cardiac arrest

: abrupt temporary or permanent cessation of the heartbeat (as from ventricular fibrillation or asystole)

called also sudden cardiac arrest

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