.... August 2013 - Dr. Marc Halushka has obtained a Grant in Aid from the American Heart Association to continue this important research on sudden cardiac death.....

Sudden Cardiac Death

Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Sudden Cardiac Death Initiative website. If you have found our site, it is likely that you have lost a loved one to this tragic disease and you want to know more about it. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Our web site has been designed to provide information on various causes of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and explain the initiatives on sudden cardiac death that are ongoing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sudden cardiac death is a leading cause of death in the United States, afflicting individuals in every age group. Nearly 300,000 Americans die every year from SCD, and many of these deaths could be prevented if we could reliably identify individuals who were at high risk for SCD. Unfortunately, standard screening of cardiovascular disease risk factors, like cholesterol and blood pressure, fail to identify the majority of people at risk for SCD. The Sudden Cardiac Death Initiative at Johns Hopkins Hospital has been developed to find reasons why specific individuals are at risk for sudden death, and to use that information to develop tools to prevent SCD.


 Meet our Experts


Dan Arking, internationally recognized expert at identifying genetic causes of sudden cardiac death, discusses his research.

 See a Johns Hopkins Physician

Has a family member been affected by sudden cardiac death or a near sudden cardiac death experience?

Hopkins MedicineJohns Hopkins Hospital has several outstanding physicians who specialize in diseases related to sudden cardiac death.

 Support our Research


Donate to our Sudden Cardiac Death Initiative and become involved in trying to prevent this tragic disease! With ever shrinking budgets at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it is more imperative than ever before to support medical research in areas that are important to you. As you can see in our research pages, exciting projects are underway, and your support can expand these efforts and greatly accelerate the development of tools to prevent SCD.