The numbers are terrifying. Less than 10 percent of folks who experience a sudden cardiac arrest live to tell the tale.
Tragically, most victims are found dead on the spot by family members.
Those few who do live another day often describe it as feeling like an explosion in the chest. Then the world goes black, and you wake up in an ICU hours or days later.
But new research has revealed a way to improve survival. It’s a trick that could take the “sudden” out of sudden cardiac arrest.
A new study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2020, has uncovered hidden early warning signs.
And knowing what to look for could give you a chance to take action fast when your odds of survival are FAR higher.
SUDDEN cardiac arrest is NOT so sudden after all
We’re not talking about a few minutes or hours head start here, either.
According to researchers, these early warning signals could surface DAYS or even WEEKS before you get slammed by a sudden cardiac arrest.
The problem? The first hints of trouble are typically far from dramatic.
In fact, they can be so mild that many people – including your own doctor – might never recognize them for the urgent warning that they are.
But now new research gives us a peek at those early warning signs. And that means you might be able to save yourself from this deadly condition.
Be sure to pay close attention to your body. And if you notice any of them, insist your doctor do more extensive tests.
Spotting early warning signs could save your life
For the new study, researchers took a deeper dive into sudden cardiac arrest patients’ medical records. And it wasn’t long before they spotted a very unusual pattern.
Nearly 60 percent of the victims had contacted a doctor in the two weeks before their sudden cardiac arrest. And up to one in four actually visited a hospital.
In contrast, in any given week, only about 14 percent of the rest of us… fewer than one in seven… contact a doctor for any reason.
In other words, clearly, something was brewing, and they KNEW it. They just didn’t know WHAT. And unfortunately, their doctors didn’t put it together either.
The consequences were tragic.
Since many of these people didn’t survive, it’s not always clear why they visited a doctor. But other studies have spoken to the rare survivors, and they can help fill in the gaps.
For example, one study found guys tend to feel chest pain in the one to two weeks before sudden cardiac arrest strikes. While women often feel shortness of breath.
Other common early warning signs included…
- racing heart
- flu-like symptoms
Obviously, those symptoms could have a range of causes. They may not indicate a heart problem, much less sudden cardiac arrest.
But the lesson here is to NEVER ignore them, either.
A lot of folks want to wait and see if these things go away. And older folks in particular often don’t want to seem alarmist or bothersome.
Don’t fall into that trap. If something feels wrong, call your doctor and get help. Your life could be on the line.
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