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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention: How to Prevent SCA

Are you at risk of having a heart attack? Or did you survive one and are looking for ways to prevent it from happening again?
Annually, there are over 600,000 people who [url=]die of heart disease[/url] in the United States alone. In every 40 seconds, a person in the U.S. suffers a heart attack.
Though most heart attacks come with symptoms, 1 out of 5 instances takes places silently. Sometimes, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs. This refers to the heartbeat stopping abruptly.
Continue reading below to learn more about sudden cardiac arrest prevention.
[b]Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention[/b]
It is a sad fact that 95% of people who encounter sudden cardiac arrest perish. The first four to six minutes after the SCA are the most critical. If you fail to receive defibrillation within those minutes, you will likely not survive the whole ordeal.
But why should you wait for those crucial minutes if you can prevent SCA altogether? Though there are warning signs of cardiac arrest, SCA will catch you off guard. Let’s take a look at some valuable reminders that will lessen your chances of experiencing SCA.
[b]Proper Screening[/b]
If your family has a history of sudden cardiac death, it is best if you undergo heart-health screenings. One of the first things the doctors will check is your blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Low blood pressure, on the other hand, is likewise unhealthy. If you are 20 years old or above and your blood pressure is below 120/80mm Hg, it is also a cause for concern.
There will also be screenings involving your weight and diet. Blood glucose testing will also help. People with high blood sugar levels are also at risk of heart ailments.
[b]Quit Smoking[/b]
Are you a smoker? If so, you better consider quitting right now. Inside a single stick of cigarette lie different kinds of harmful ingredients.
Smoking produces carbon monoxide that reduces oxygen in your blood. With less oxygen, your heart needs to work double-time to produce enough oxygen for your entire body.
Moreover, it also damages your arteries, particularly their lining. This can lead to atheroma or fatty- material buildup. This buildup narrows your arteries and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
[b]Watch Your Diet[/b]
Nutrition also plays an integral role in heart health. Thus, you need to watch your diet closely. Cut down on meat and food that is high in preservatives. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
Moreover, you need to lessen your sugar intake. Studies show that too much sugar can lead to different cardiovascular diseases.
Weight management is also important in lowering the risk of SCA. Exercising offers numerous benefits to your heart.
First, it lowers your blood pressure. It naturally slows down your heart rate.
Next, exercise helps you manage your weight. Obese or overweight people have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack and stroke. Combine different workouts and spread them throughout the week.
Some of the best exercises for the heart include running, swimming, weight lifting, and other high-impact exercises.
Exercising also helps build and strengthen your muscles. It also reduces inflammation in the body.
[b]Maintain Positivity[/b]
Lastly, you need to maintain a generally positive outlook in life. Dwelling on hate and negativity can cause you stress.
So do things that will put a smile on your face. Start engaging in activities that foster positivity with the people around you. Do something impactful like [url=]donating to charities[/url].
Studies show that people who donate to charity [url=]feel happier and healthier[/url].
[b]When SCA Happens[/b]
Sometimes, SCA still happens. If you find yourself in an instance where someone beside you suffers an SCA, you need to know how to react in the first four minutes or so. Let’s break down the proper steps in helping someone experiencing SCA.
[b]Check the Person[/b]
Generally, people who are having SCA will collapse and fall to the ground. They will not respond if you call or shake them. Sometimes, they will not even breathe.
Watch out for these signs and proceed with the following steps as quickly as possible.
[b]Call for Help[/b]
Grab your phone and dial 911. If you don’t have one, instruct someone to call for help.
It is important to contact 911 and request for paramedics. These people can quickly bring the victim to the nearest hospital. They also have complete medical accessories and medications to give the victim a better fighting chance.
[b]Commence CPR[/b]
After calling 911, start with the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In case you do not know how to perform CPR, simply stick to the hands-only method.
This means pushing hard and fast against the victim’s chest. Perform compressions on the middle part of the person’s chest. Make sure there is a minimal interruption as you do the compressions.
Your goal is to provide compressions at a rate of 100 beats per minute. Do so while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
But there is an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the area, use it as quickly as you can. An [url=]AED defibrillator[/url] is capable of checking the victim’s heart rhythm.
Moreover, it can recognize and determine if the person requires a dose of electric shock. Simply take out the victim’s upper clothing and clear his chest. Make sure the chest is dry before placing the AED’s patches onto the victim’s chest.
After attaching the patch, click on the “analyze” button. The device will start analyzing the victim’s heart rhythm. If the AED recommends a shock, make sure no one is in contact with the victim.
This includes you.
Once the coast is clear, shout “stand clear” then hit the “shock” button. Sudden cardiac arrest survival increases with the help of an AED.
[b]Help in Any Way Possible[/b]
With life’s fragility, you need to help the people around you in any way possible. Whether it’s educating someone on cardiac arrest prevention or [url=]supporting a worthy cause[/url], your efforts will go a long way.
So help in any way possible. Let us help you find the way.
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