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5 early signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest everyone should know

by Dr Viveka Kumar

Article by Dr. Viveka Kumar – Principal Director & Chief of CathLabs (Pan Max), Cardiac sciences, Max Super speciality hospital

Sudden Cardiac Arrests are caused by an aberrant disruption of electrical signals in the heart that results in arrhythmia, which is characterized by rapid, irregular heartbeats. The heart then stops beating, cutting off the blood supply throughout the body. This often occurs in 4-6 minutes, during which it is crucial to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in order to aid the patient in improving his or her chances of survival while also protecting the body from any potential catastrophic harm.

Depending on the severity of the attack and the outcomes of the screening tests conducted to aid in the diagnosis of any underlying conditions that may have contributed to it, a majority of patients spend a few days in the hospital.

5 early signs & symptoms of cardiac arrest everyone should know are as follows:

1. Chest Pain/Discomfort in the chest

It is best to get an ECG done to diagnose the problem if you consistently experience chest pain, even when you are not exercising, heavy lifting, running, or doing any other vigorous activities.

2. Momentary loss of consciousness

A patient may occasionally experience brief unconsciousness as a result of their heartbeat constantly fluctuating, which, if ignored, can lead to cardiac arrest. To treat the same, immediate action is necessary before complications arise.

3. Breathlessness

As your lungs and heart work harder to supply energy, you should not be surprised if you suffer shortness of breath while performing intense tasks. However, if the same thing happens while performing routine, low-energy jobs, there may be a substantial probability that you will experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

4. Heart palpitations

Sudden or frequent heart palpitations might be a primary indicator of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It is important to have your heart examined to rule out any underlying diseases if you are experiencing arrhythmias.

5. Weakness and dizziness

There may be a high likelihood that someone is developing the danger of experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest if they feel weak and unsteady all the time.

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