Sudden Death Cardiac Arrest | SCA - A Silent Killer
What Causes Sudden (Death) Cardiac Arrest In A Victim?
Sudden death cardiac arrest usually occurs when there is a Cessation of blood flow to the rest of the victim's body. This stems from an electrical disturbance in the victim's heart that disrupts its pumping action. The result is, an unexpected loss of breathing, heart function, and consciousness.
A very alarming number of children and young adults have been, or are being diagnosed with some form of heart disease or disorder that eventually leads to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest can die within minutes of the episode.
Studies have shown that only 8% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest survive, leaving about 300,000 dead each year.So, how can you know if you or someone you love is in danger of this disease?
Sudden Death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Far Too Common
You probably are aware of a life threatening event of a 61 year old man that collapsed at a golf tournament due a cardiac arrest episode. This happened on 15Th hole at The Olympic Club during the last US Open Golf tournament that got Webb Simpson, of Charlotte, N.C., emerging as the winner of the 2012 U.S. Open. Salahuddin Ghori's is the name of the victim. He's doing better now, and has been released from the hospital.
This types of events happens everyday. It is reported that more and more people are dying of Sudden Cardiac Arrest or some form of heart disease. This disease does not discriminated when it comes to the sex or the age of the victims.
What You Can Do? Learn CPR. You Could Save A Life
"Education and re-education of the professional staff and first responders cannot be overemphasized..." as studies have shown that CPR delivered by professionals and bi-standers/first responders does help during cardiac arrest...
Common Symptons of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
It is important to know the symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, so you can be better informed of possible treatments available from your physician. The sad story to all of these is that many who are at risk of this disease either do not have access to a physician due to absence of medical insurance, or, have insurance with not enough coverage for regular follow-up.
Sudden Death Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at anytime. The followings are some of the symptoms of these deadly disease:
- Frequent seizure - This might even result to foaming at the mouth for the victim
- Sudden fainting spell, including dizziness - At this point victim may need to be seated and keep still.
- Mild to severe chest pain - A call to 911 may be necessary.
- Shortness of breath - Performing CPR might help in addition to calling 911.
Everyone of these symptoms should raise cause for alarm. If you notice any of these symptons in your life or that of someone you love, call 911 and monitor the victim. A regular visit to your physician will ensure proper good heart care and help to alert you to any possible health concern.
What You Can Do? Call An Ambulance
If someone around you is having what might be a cardiac arrest, don't bring out the cell phones for possible U tube videos, CALL AN AMBULANCE!.
A cardiac arrest victim can die within minutes if help is not sought immediately.
Cardiac Disorder - The Genetic Factor
Many cardiac disorders are said to be genetic, meaning, if your parents had heart disease or any other form of cardiac disorder, you are more likely to have one. This should prompt you to have yourself checked out by a specialist (Cardiologist).
If you've been diagnosed with a cardiac disorder of any kind, and you are a parent, have your kids checked out by a specialist. Advance in technology has made it possible that even certain heart defects can be detected in unborn infants during fetal ultrasounds.
Another Victim of Sudden Death Cardiac Arrest - One Too Many
A very large number of children die every year from sudden cardiac arrest. Promising young lives cut so short. Here, is one of them.
Myles Thames, 9, died on Thursday, June 14, 2012 after collapsing at the Boys & Girls Club while playing basketball at the club. The coroner's office concluded that the cause of Myles' death was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which causes the heart muscles to thicken, making it difficult for the organ to pump blood.
Student Cardiac Prevention Act
- Will student cardiac prevention act really help?
Pennsylvania is the first state with legislation protecting kids from sudden cardiac arrest. But there are pros and cons.
What You Can Do? Watch Your Diet
Stay away from diet that are high in fat, salt and cholesterol. These can contribute to heart disease, which can eventually put you at risk of an heart attack or cardiac arrest. Eat food that are high in potassium.
Parents, Be Observant
Parents, you need to pay close attention to your child's complain of chest pain or shortness of breath, especially if they are athletic or into any type of sport activity in school.
It has been reported that children with an underlying cardiac disorder are more at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest when they participate in their school's athletic program. Many kids have died of cardiac arrest during sport practice or tournaments in school, because someone dismissed their complaint of chest pain or shortness of breath.
Some states, like the State of Pennsylvania are doing more to prevent death in students that may have the disease. The Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett signed the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act “for preventing sudden cardiac death in student athletes” This makes Pennsylvania the first state with legislation on the books protecting kids from SCA. Let's hope other states would follow and help prevent deaths resulting from SCA in our students and schools.
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©Comfort Babatola - Updated February 2013
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