Sudden Cardiac Arrest

It takes an expert team to address sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). At Nationwide Children's Hospital, specialists in Pediatric Cardiology and Sports Medicine are ready to lead the way.

Facts About SCA

  • SCA happens when the heart unexpectedly stops beating, stopping blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.
  • SCA not only affects young athletes, but can affect healthy children and adolescents who do not participate in organized athletic activity.
  • SCA is fatal if not treated immediately. CPR should be performed immediately with the activation of an emergency action plan, and an with an automated external defibrillator should be used within 5 minutes.

Lindsay's Law

The State of Ohio enacted Lindsay's Law to educate and protect young athletes and student-athletes through education about SCA, awareness of risk factors, signs and symptoms, and importance of AED training and use. Lindsay's Law also applies to those athletes playing in youth sports organizations (YMCA, community recreation leagues, club teams, etc.).

For more specific information about Lindsay's Law requirements and SCA, visit:

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) aims to prevent sudden cardiac death in children and adolescents through education and implementation of life-saving programs. Nationwide Children's cardiologists partner with Project ADAM Ohio to make exercise safe for all children.