Recognizing the Signs of Cardiac Arrest Is Life-Saving

Source: Care 2

Dr. Sumseet Chugh, head of the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study, has dispelled a long believed assumption about sudden cardiac arrest; it’s not sudden at all. In fact, many people have warning signs within 24-hours of having an arrest. Some individuals in the study displayed warning signs up to a month prior to having sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest isn’t the same as having a heart attack, although many people with prior heart problems may experience sudden cardiac arrest. With sudden cardiac arrest, people’s hearts simply stopped beating. Although CPR helps give patients a fighting chance, cardiac arrest is fatal for an estimated 350,000 people within the United States each year.

However, individuals who heed warning signs associated with cardiac arrest may have a better chance of surviving the event. In most patients involved in the study, chest pains and shortness of breath were common warning signs. Specifically, men most often had chest pains while the shortness of breath was common for women. Being attentive and recognizing the warning signs of cardiac arrest can save thousands of people each year.

For years, cardiac medical experts believed there were no warning signs of cardiac arrest. Now, research shows that many people have warning signs prior to cardiac arrest. Anyone experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath should immediately visit the ER to eliminate the possibility of cardiac arrest or get treatment.