Sudden cardiac arrest is a nightmare for every doctor. Only in United States 300.000 people are impacted by cardiac arrest yearly. However, latest medicinal researches have shown that sudden cardial arrest is not so sudden. There are clear indications of its occurrence.
Dr. Sumeet Chugh tested the samples of 839 patients between the age of 35 and 65 and found particular warning symptoms about possible cardial arrest, days and even weeks before its potential occurrence.
“So far, we believed that death happens without warning, in just several minutes or within one hour”, explains Dr. Chigh, leader of the team of scientists at the Heart Institute Cedars-Sinai.
More than 50% of the monitored patients experienced several symptoms before the cardiac arrest.
- Discontinuous pain in the chest
- Pressure in the chest
- Loss of breathe
- Cold symptoms: nausea, pain in the stomach, pain in the back
Unfortunately, 80% of the patients ignored the symptoms. Those who reacted and asked for adequate medicinal help, managed to survive the cardiac arrest with significant better results in their recovery.
Cardiac arrest doesn’t occur without warning signs, and these are the signs which indicate that you are in great danger. Sudden cardiac arrest is different than the heart attack. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops which causes the blood to stop circulating in the body which is the reason why 90% of the cases are fatal.
Heart attack can be caused by clot in the blood vessels, which doesn’t allow the heart to pump the blood. In sudden cardiac arrest, it is the electrical stimulation, which can be result of heart attack, so that impulse stops its work.
“The ability to predict sudden cardiac arrest doesn’t exist. So, it is very important to take these symptoms seriously”, warns Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist. The only way to win against this fatal condition is to detect the warning symptoms of possible cardiac arrest.
“That is the first step. We want to send a message how we got the chance to succeed in this.
So far we believed that once the cardiac arrest happens, all we can do is to call an ambulance and declare death. No matter how fast we arrive at the place, we manage to save 10% of the patients. Besides this, we don’t know about any other condition in which human can die in just 10 minutes!” explains Dr. Chugh.
These new researches give us hope that we can recognize sudden cardiac arrest hours, even days and weeks before it occurs.
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