Sudden Cardiac Death

When heart attack symptoms appear and a person dies around an hour or so after the onset of the symptoms, it is known as sudden cardiac death. This can happen with a person with known cardiac problems or those who have never had a problem with cardiac diseases before. Most of the time death is caused by cardiac arrhythmia’s, although this is not always the case. Sudden cardiac death differs from a heart attack in that the heart actually stops beating with SCD.



Below we are going to go into some more details about sudden cardiac death (SCD), including warning signs you should look for as well as some ways you can make sure you keep your heart healthy and working properly. When you are done reading, you should have a very good idea of what you can do to make sure you lessen your chance of sudden cardiac death. Dealing with heart problems can be stressful, but the more you know, the easier it will be to put together an emergency plan that can help your chances of survival.  Keep reading to make sure you have a general understanding of sudden cardiac death and keeping your heart healthy to avoid it.

Heart Attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest

 

A heart attack occurs when blood stops being pumped to the heart (for a variety of reasons) which damages the heart muscle is damaged or dies completely. Sudden cardiac arrest – which can cause death – occurs when the heart stops beating. A heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, which can result in death.  There are other reasons that the heart may stop working, however, which can result in sudden cardiac death or SDC.

 

While both are serious, knowing the symptoms of a heart attack and watching for them as well as having a plan in place to get immediate medical attention when they occur is important. The heart is a vital organ and any problems with it should be treated immediately.

 

Here are some of the common heart attack signs:

 

  • Chest Discomfort
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Upper Body Discomfort
  • Cold Sweat
  • Feeling Light Headed
  • Nausea

 

If any of these are experienced, it is important to get health care immediately as it may lead to sudden cardiac arrest (the stopping of the heart) and eventually death. Knowing these heart attack signs and having a plan in place when they occur is important to make sure you survive any heart problems that come up.

Dealing with Sudden Cardiac Arrest

 

While you may suffer from sudden cardiac arrest even if you have never experienced any health problems with the heart previously, there are some people who should watch their heart health more carefully.

 

  • Age – As we get older, we are more prone to problems with the heart. This is true even for people who have never had heart problems in the past. At a certain age (usually 40 years old) it is important to more carefully monitor heart health.
  • Males – Men are three times more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest. This may not seem fair, but it is a statistically correct fact that must be dealt with. The good news is that knowing this, men can take more steps to make sure they stay safe.
  • Disease – Additionally, those who have existing heart diseases are at an increased risk for SCA.  This is common sense, but if you have heart problems already, you want to make sure you take better care of yourself so you can avoid sudden cardiac arrest.

Tips for Better Heart Health to Avoid SCD

 

Here are some tips and advice for making sure you avoid sudden cardiac arrest and the problems associated with it.

 

  • Eat Healthy – This is simple or tough to do depending on how you go about it. The good news is that many fast food restaurants are offering more and more healthy alternatives on their menus. While this food is usually not as good as what you could make at home with fresh ingredients, it is better for your heart than a double bacon cheeseburger and a large order of fries.
  • Exercise More – In addition to eating right, it is important to get exercise daily. You want to make sure you do enough cardio so that your heart rate is increased and you can work out your heart muscle and keep it healthier. If you have existing heart problems, you want to make sure you put together an exercise routine that takes this into account.
  • Regular Check-ups – Even if you are in your 20s or 30s, having regular check-ups with a doctor is important. As you get older – past middle age – you want to increase the amount of times you check with a doctor for a physical or even to just specifically check your heart and everything related to good heart health.

 

 

There are other things you can do to make sure you have the healthiest heart possible, but these basics should get you headed in the right direction. When it comes to your heart, you want to make sure you take it seriously as problems like sudden cardiac arrest can result in death. Even if you do not die, going through SCA or having a heart attack can be a traumatic experience in many different ways. Keep reading our site to learn more about heart attack signs and how to keep yourself healthy and your heart happy and working properly.

 

Sudden cardiac death is unfortunately a problem that affects many people around the world. The best defense against it is to make sure you take care of your heart properly and stay as healthy as you possibly can. We have some other information about various heart problems that may occur. If you think you have noticed the signs of a heart attack, you need to take it seriously and have it checked out by a health care professional.

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