To Know Sudden Cardiac Death

Eunice Tan By Eunice Tan, 7th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Sudden death events often occur. What are the main causes of sudden deaths?

Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden seath is sudden unexpected death process that occurs quickly, i.e. within 1 hour of onset of symptoms. The main cause of sudden death due to heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias).

Cardiac arrhythmia is an irregular heart beat, can be too fast or too slow. When we do heavy activities, pulse velocity can be increased by 200 to 300 beats per minute.

Heart that beat very rapidly destroy its ability to pump properly, even stopped. Since no blood is pumped then the heart will stop working.

Arrhythmias can occur without cause or due to something that is stimulating, such as stress, tobacco or physical activity. During exercise, heart muscle needs oxygen as much as possible. When this need is not met (perhaps there is disruption of blood vessel blockage) with cause a fatal result.

Beside arrhythmia cardiac disorder, coronary heart disease can also cause sudden death. Most often, there is a significant narrowing of the coronary vessels which is very important to keep two-thirds of the blood flow to the heart. Unstable plaque can clog blood vessels, causing blood circulation disorders. Plaques that clog the heart consisting of hard coating which is formed by the fat or cholesterol.

Heart attack is a medical emergency. Within an hour after the attack, the patient should had been in the hospital. If it is done as quickly as possible, doctors can still do primary actions so the patient could be saved.


Arrhythmias, Blood, Blood Vessel, Fatal, Heart, Sudden Death

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author avatar chalam
11th Feb 2011 (#)

108 causes for sudden death exist.

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