Past few weeks leading right up to New Year’s have sent shock waves round the world with news of well-known people, in their prime, passing away due to cardiac arrests. We may not hear of countless other lesser-known mortals passing on in similar fashion. No one in the best years of their life should just collapse and die. Yet such incidents are now so common place that there occurrence aside from making front page news, really does not bother much.
Heart attacks usually stem from circulatory problems of the heart. They happen when sudden blockages in coronary arteries get cut off severely to affect flow of blood to the heart, thereby damaging heart muscles. The extraordinary nature of such abrupt cardiac arrests among young people especially is just what makes the episodes so shocking.
It is estimated that sudden cardiac deaths now kill even people under age 35! More males than females are struck by this rapidly growing epidemic. It then becomes critical to understand what more can be done to prevent such happenings. One needs to know more of the essential precautions and whether anyone can survive sudden cardiac arrest.
The good thing is incidents like these can be managed if care takers recognized that a person can come back from cardiac arrest if you get there within a minute. The immediate use of automated external defibrillators gives people a chance to live. This measure of course works after an episode but a heart healthy regimen for known heart conditions can help avoid attacks.
Heart attacks are really circulation or “plumbing” problems of the heart! It becomes essential to take every possible care to check that blood flow is not affected and that arteries and veins are in good order. Following a set of healthy habits can keep circulatory systems working well. Good self-care goes a long way to ease complications and manage heart affairs responsibly.
Sudden cardiac arrests are also due to “electrical” problems in the heart. A short circuit occurs when electrical signals controlling pumping ability of heart gets compromised. This results in heart-beats becoming dangerously fast causing ventricles of pumping chambers to palpitate perilously rather than pump blood in regular manner. The resultant rhythm disturbance or ventricular fibrillation occurs due to an existing heart condition.
SIX HEART-HEALTHY RULES
Maintain correct weight
Do 150 minutes of physical activity per week
Watch no more than seven hours of TV each week
Restrict yourself to one drink
Stick to a heart-healthy diet