Why is Cardiac Arrest Elevating in Youngsters?

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Some diseases which we usually referred to as ‘Old age diseases’ are no more left as only old age diseases. I remember when in my childhood, I heard people dying from sudden heart attacks. My perception of heart attack was that only people who are old have to suffer. As time is passing, hearing about young losses to heart attacks make me scared to death as well. Many young people around us are leaving because of the unknown causes, but most of them are identified as heart attacks. Just a week ago, 18 years old sister of One Direction star, Félicité Tomlinson was found dead in her apartment. Later after the biopsy reports confirmed it was a heart attack. Just like her, we’re losing many youngsters every day and the causes are mostly unknown.

A girl explaining her condition: She never had trouble picking up her dog. After all, Recey, the Jack Russell-pug mix, weighed only 17 pounds. But one night in the summer of 2016, she just couldn’t do it. She hadn’t been feeling well for a few days, with a handful of symptoms—chest pressure she attributed to the summer’s heat, plus diarrhoea, indigestion, intense sweats—that made her wonder whether she had a virus.

But it wasn’t a virus. It was a heart attack. Josar was only 37 years old.

The risk factors for a heart attack in youngsters include:

  • High rate or depression
  • Social pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Excessive drinking

How common is sudden cardiac death in young people?

Most deaths due to cardiac arrest are in older adults, particularly those with coronary artery disease. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes, but the incidence of it is unclear. Perhaps 1 in every 50,000 sudden cardiac deaths a year occurs in young athletes.

What can cause sudden cardiac death in young people?

The causes of sudden cardiac death in young people vary. Most often, death is due to a heart abnormality.

For a variety of reasons, something causes the heart to beat out of control. This abnormal heart rhythm is known as ventricular fibrillation.

Risk Factors in Younger People

We always assume that cardiac arrest in younger people is because of the unhealthy lifestyle, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise it’s not always the case. Oftentimes, a cardiac arrest will get the healthiest people too. We know some of the names such as fitness guru Jim Fixx who died of a heart attack at 43 while jogging.

The actual reality is that heart disease does not discriminate between anyone.

It has no age, no time and no specific targetted health. Anyone can be the victim, especially the youngsters nowadays. A heart attack is caused by a near-fatal marriage of a blood clot.

The Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest

There are various symptoms which we should look for and identify early. The first and most evident symptom of sudden cardiac arrest is the loss of consciousness.
Some of these symptoms are the ones you should be taking care of:

  1. Fatigue or weakness
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Fainting
  4. Dizziness or lightheadedness
  5. Heart palpitations
  6. Chest pain

Chances of Survival

The chances of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest decrease by 7-10% with every minute that passes without a life-saving shock. Some of the people who are given emergency medication do survive but some critical cases are immediately rushed for surgery that is to place stents in the heart.

To take advice from a competent cardiologist, contact Marham.pk by calling at 03111222398. You can also opt for an online consultation session which is also booked by contacting the same source.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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