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Sudden Collapse

Sudden collapse or sudden death is a condition in which death occurs instantaneously or within 30 minutes of collapse.

Sudden collapse could be due to

  1. Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  2. Arrhythmia (ventricular fibrillation)
  3. Aortic rupture
  4. Myocarditis (infection or inflammation of the heart)
  5. Pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lungs)
  6. Brain haemorrhage
  7. Drug poisoning
  8. Electrolyte abnormalities – e.g. high potassium level
  9. Status Asthmaticus (very severe asthma)
  10. Anaphylaxis (very severe allergic reaction)
  11. Inhaled foreign body (choking)
  • is seen during an acute myocardial infarction
  • may occur in survivors of acute myocardial infarction
  • is more likely in those with a history of heart failure
  • may occur in inherited heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Long QT Syndrome, Brugada’s Syndrome
  • can occur in young and apparently healthy individuals
  • is just as likely to occur during sleep or exercise
  • individuals at risk can be identified by a thorough cardiac evaluation
  • may be prevented through implantation of an automatic implantable defibrillator.

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Contact Info

Ruth Kam
Heart & Arrhythmia Clinic @ Farrer
1 Farrer Park Station Road, #07-11 Connexion
Farrer Park Medical Centre, Singapore 217562
Tel: 6443 0468 | Fax: 6443 0467
For Emergencies: 6535 8833