Cardiac arrest is a serious heart condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly. Cardiac arrest can lead to death if no medical attention is received immediately; however simple procedures like chest compressions, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a defibrillator can improve the chances of survival.

SIGN & SYMPTOMS

Some obvious signs and symptoms include; chest discomfort, sudden collapse, loss of consciousness, no pulse and no breathing

Other signs and symptoms that can occur before the onset of a cardiac arrest include;Shortness of Breath, Weakness, Palpitations’

CAUSES

It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart, which causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood effectively to vital organs.

Certain conditions can also pre dispose individuals to cardiac arrest. They include;

  • Heart conditions; such as cardiomyopathy, heart attack, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease
  • Losing a large amount of blood (Hypovolemic shock)
  • Hypoxia (caused by a sudden drop in oxygen levels)
  • Drug Overdose
  • Electrocution

WHAT CAN YOU DO

Eat Healthy

Do more Exercise

Quit Smoking and Drinking

Keep a tab on your health

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