Thursday, 2 April 2015

What to Do If Cardiac Arrest or Heart Attack Takes Place?

The beauty of life is its uncertainty. In order to live to the fullest, we need to be prepared for unforeseen emergencies that can hit us in any form. One of the things that we can do to avoid unavoidable and sudden health issues is to keep fit by taking care of our body and mind.If our mind is not thinking the right thoughts, it can affect our health in a negative way. We need to practice the right way to live our lives so that we can have a healthy heart and avoid emergencies such as sudden heart attacks.

Cardiac arrests or heart attacks can happen to anyone any time, and it can happen to especially those who have a predisposition toward some heart ailment. Oxygen reaches the heart through the continuous flow of blood. When the flow of blood to the heart gets blocked, oxygen-rich blood does not reach the heart, and heart attack takes place.If the heart remains without oxygen for 4 to 6 minutes then the patient can die. So, in case of a sudden cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help a heart attack victim to survive till he/she reaches hospital or till the doctor arrives.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is applied to heart attack patients to help blood to flow to the heart and lungs so that the person who is suffering may get enough oxygen to survive. If CPR is not applied on time, then the blocked artery will begin to die resulting in death of the patient. In other cases of cardiac arrest, a heart may stop beating all of a sudden as the heart muscle stops working. This is similar to an electrical malfunction in the heart, resulting in irregular heartbeat.When the pumping action of the heart is disrupted, very less amount of oxygenated blood flows to the lungs, brain, lever, and other organs in the body. AED devices can also be utilized in certain emergency cases of heart attacks.

Heart attacks are often a result of unhealthy lifestyle that we lead because of lack of knowledge or wrong perceptions about health and how our heart works. If you want to avoid heart attack in your life, you must keep your heart healthy and strong. Keep watch on what you eat, the lifestyle you lead, diabetes, blood pressure, sleeping habit, the nature of physical activities, or the lack of it to keep heart ailments at bay. But when a heart attack takes place, you should be well prepared with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to help the person near you who may be having a heart attack and needs your help.

The symptoms of cardiac arrest usually differ among men and women. Some may experience discomfort in the stomach while some may feel intense discomfort in the chest area. Vomiting, nausea, discomfort in upper part of the body, and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms of heart attack. When the heart attack takes place, the heart generally doesn’t stop beating, as is the case with cardiac arrest. Sometimes, these symptoms go on for days and weeks. Therefore, it is very important to keep a lookout for these symptoms among your near and dear ones. This will help you to provide help at the earliest when required.

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