Medical Dictionary

sudden cardiac death

noun

medical Definition of sudden cardiac death

: death occurring within minutes or hours following onset of acute symptoms of cardiac arrest resulting especially from an arrhythmia
  • The defibrillator is intended for use in patients who are at high risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachyarrhythmia.
  • —Stuart L. NightingaleThe Journal of the American Medical Association11 Apr., 1986
  • Noting that two drugs under evaluation increased patients' chances of sudden cardiac death, federal officials this week halted a major portion of a large, multicenter clinical trial designed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of drugs that suppress abnormal heart rhythms.
  • —Rick WeissScience News29 Apr. 1989

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sudden cardiac death? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!