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Monday, April 9, 2018

Sudden Death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Sudden Death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest is a dangerous medical condition that may cause sudden death when the cardiac function stops suddenly. The human heart is an electrical pump that generates electricity in its upper chamber, sending signals through pathways in the heart, thereby instrumental in causing all the muscle cells contract at once in order to produce the heartbeat to pump blood through the heart valves into all the body organs so that they, too, can do their work properly. Cardiac arrest is the malfunctioning of the heart, when the heart stops beating, resulting in loss of consciousness, and thus stopping normal breathing as well as other body functions.

Unfortunately, there are no warning signs prior to a cardiac arrest; in many cases, people may experience dizziness or fainting spells prior to a cardio arrest.

Are you at risk for cardiac arrest? You are if you have heart disease and/or its related problems. With the advancement of medical science, it is not difficult to identify the causes of heart disease and the development of its related health problems. Prevention of heart disease is always better than the cure. Prevention of heart attacks is avoiding sudden death due to cardiac arrest.

Apart from the genetic factor, heart disease is preventable if you are prepared to change your lifestyle. In other words, you play a pivotal part in preventing cardiac arrest, and hence the possibility of sudden death.

To reduce the onset of symptom-free silent myocardial ischemia as well as symptomatic coronary artery disease change your unhealthy diet, especially if you have been eating the unhealthy American diet.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) has contributed to one of the most overfed and undernourished populations in the world. More than 60 million Americans are overweight. Worse, obesity is accompanied by poor nutrition. With the exception of those few individuals suffering from metabolic abnormalities, such as under-active thyroid, obesity is just inexcusable overindulgence of foods loaded with fat and cholesterol. Changing dietary habits is the solution to preventing cardiac arrest, including the potential of sudden death. Dietary therapy may seem to be a simple solution, yet it is difficult to be implemented. You need to be empowered with knowledge of cardiac arrest and its relationship to diet, and must have persistence and perseverance to change your diet.

Dietary therapy is the mainstay of treatment of heart disease; it is always preferred to drug therapy, which is never a long-term solution to health problems. Watch your body weight. Read food labels and consume foods low in calories. Use behavior modification through mind power to create a "thin mind." Reduce your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg per day. Avoid foods rich in cholesterol, including meats, egg yolks, dairy products, and organ meats, such as liver. Eat oat bran to facilitate the removal of cholesterol. Avoid saturated fats, which should be less than 10 percent of the total calories consumed. Even polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as soft margarine, vegetable oils, should be reduced to a minimum. The total consumption of fat should be less than 30 percent of the total calories.

In order to reduce the risks of sudden death due to sudden cardio arrest, you must have the mindset to modify your risk factors through lifestyle changes. Of course, you cannot change your genetic factor, the age factor, and the gender factor, but you can certainly change your lifestyle if you wish to. Read my book As If Everything Is A Miracle to find out how you can “rethink” your mind to “renew” your body. Remember, in life, everything is possible if you set your mind to it. Everything begins with the mind: how you think, and how you pre-condition your mind.

Longevity is a blessing, which comes from effort. Do as much as you can to live long and enjoy good health as you continue to age.

Stephen Lau 
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