Sudden death is the largest cause of death by natural causes in the United States – claiming more than 300,000 lives annually.
What is Sudden Death in Adults?
The primary cause of sudden death is a cardiac event – loss of heart function – which is almost always due to an irregular heart rhythm. It accounts for more than half of all heart disease deaths. Men are twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac death (SCD) than women.
The truly starting statistic is the average age for sudden death in adults.
You may be surprised to learn that SCD occurs most often in men between the ages of 35-45 years old – not the elderly. In more than 50% of cases, there were no prior symptoms to alert the patient that there was a problem. Sometimes, a person experiencing a cardiac event may feel dizzy or feel as though their heart is racing.
Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Death
- Prior cardiac event or artery disease
- Drug use
If you present with arterial damage and your cardiologist tells you replacing the damaged tissue close to your heart is sufficient treatment, you need a second opinion.
Your arteries are the “plumbing” system of your body. Pumping blood and nutritional requirements to every organ such as the kidneys, liver, and brain. When they malfunction, none of your key body functions are getting what they need.
The Family History Myth
Most doctors like to talk about “family history” as being one of the biggest factors of heart disease. What this usually means is that one generation passes their lifestyle and eating habits on to the next generation.
If they are healthy habits such as proper nutrition and regular exercise, your risk is going to be lower.
If you were raised on fried foods and eight hours of television each day, chances are you aren’t going to enter adulthood with habits that keep your heart strong and your arteries healthy.
The general impression is that if you have a bad “family history” when it comes to heart disease, you’re doomed.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Not only can you prevent damage to your cardiovascular system and keep your arteries healthy – you can repair the damage that has already been done.
The Lifestyle Rules that Change Everything
There are four simple health strategies can make all the difference – no matter your gender, age, or family history.
- Eat healthy food that feeds your body in every way.
- Drink alcohol in moderation and do not smoke.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Implement a regular exercise regimen.
According to research done at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, choosing to do any one of these lifestyle changes tends to lower your risk of a deadly cardiac event between 10-30% – but combining all four lowers your risk by an incredible 92% overall.
Dr. Agneta Akesson explains:
“Our study shows the great effect you get from each of these and by combining them. It’s quite a simple health message, and you can do them by yourself.”
The study included more than 24,000 women participating in the national health survey. The women with the best numbers overall ate a diet that consisted primarily of vegetables, legumes, and fish.
The researchers determined that 75% of cardiac events could be prevented by following these guidelines.
Don’t Neglect Your Arterial Health
Not looking after your “plumbing” can result in blood clots, aneurisms, and narrowing of your arteries. All of these can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Arterial degenerative disease causes half of all deaths in the Western hemisphere.
What is usually overlooked is brain health. Without adequate blood flow, the brain gets disoriented and doesn’t process information as quickly. Long-term starvation of your brain may lead to dementia.
Your body’s natural detoxification system – liver, gall bladder, kidneys, and so on – needs blood flow functioning at peak to work efficiently.
The old saying, “a man is only as old as his arteries” could not be truer. Keeping them in excellent health ensures you fight aging and disease from the inside out.
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