Cardiac arrest is an emergency. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is the largest provider of emergency cardiac care in Northern Virginia. Inova Fairfax Hospital is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center.

Our emergency teams care for the most acute cases, including AirCare transfers from other hospitals within a 200-mile radius in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.

The recommended surgical treatment is often an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Inova Heart and Vascular physicians have considerable experience with this procedure, implanting more than 500 devices a year. Our physicians may also prescribe medications or perform procedures to address underlying coronary artery disease and other problems that can cause cardiac arrest.

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is among an elite group of hospitals in the nation to develop hypothermia protocols for comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. Arctic Sun is an advanced, noninvasive technique to lower a patient’s body temperature, inducing mild hypothermia. The survival rate is excellent for those who have this therapy.

Four types of physicians manage the various treatment options include general cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Learn more and find a doctor arrows