After Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest At 25, He’s Doing This To Save More Lives

 

At 25 years old, Omar Carter was in the best physical condition of his life. The former Appalachian State star basketball player had just finished a professional season in the Dominican Republic before his life changed in a matter of minutes.

During a semi-professional basketball game, just as he was sprinting down the court on a fast break, Carter collapsed and suffered a 13-minute sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). “There were no warning signs. No chest pain. Just some light-headedness,” Omar explained. “My friend passed me the ball. I passed it back. And that’s when I collapsed.”

As the name implies, SCA is unexpected heart malfunction – different from a heart attack – which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.