The dangers of sudden cardiac death could be gauged from the fact that every year nearly 100,000 young athletes face untimely death from sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating without any previous warning. The blood circulation in the body ceases the moment the heart stops beating. A person affected by sudden cardiac arrest dies within minutes. To prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest, the sufferer should be given an electric shock with a defibrillator as soon as possible.
Risks of sudden cardiac death
The worse fact of sudden cardiac arrest is that overwhelming majority of its victims are healthy and physically active individuals without any previous history of heart illness. Unfortunately, it has been observed that most sudden cardiac death victims had an underlying heart disease, which had remained undiagnosed. People diagnosed with coronary artery disease and previous heart attack are also susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac death prevention
If you take regular care of your heart health, you could significantly reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. In a recent study conducted by the researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center it was found that health screening before participating in sports could reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death in sportspersons. Health screening should include electrocardiogram tests.
If you have been diagnosed with a heart disease or if you are at risk of encountering sudden cardiac arrest, you should frequently monitor the condition of your heart. Echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, Holter monitor, electrophysiology study and event recorder are standard tests that help to determine the condition of your heart. To prevent sudden cardiac arrest, you should adhere to a heart friendly lifestyle. A heart friendly lifestyle includes eating heart friendly foods and avoiding foods that are bad for the heart.
Increase the proportion of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and fish oil in your diet. Use heart friendly mono and polyunsaturated cooking oils. Stay away from saturated fats and trans fat. Limit intake of salt. Quit smoking and reduce excess body fat. Moderate exercises such as brisk walking is good for your heart. Take steps to treat underlying health disorders, such as diabetes, hypertension and high blood cholesterol level, which are harmful for the health of your heart.