Awareness campaign on sudden cardiac death: How you can protect yourself from them
Each year, around 60,000 people in Germany die of sudden cardiac death. According to health experts, it doesn’t have to be. In a public awareness campaign will explain how you can protect yourself.
Sudden cardiac death in healthy people
The term “sudden cardiac death” (or SCA, or seconds cardiac death) describes the sudden appearance of fatal heart rhythm disturbances, common in people who were, according to their own perception and perception is actually healthy. It has long been known that sudden cardiac death in athletes occurs frequently, especially in the Amateur field. Even in children sudden cardiac death during sports is not known. In the context of a public awareness campaign health professionals for information on how you can protect yourself.
Every year, around 60,000 deaths
Each year, 65,000 people suffer in this country, sudden cardiac death, about 60,000 die.
“That should not be. Sudden cardiac death is usually not a fateful event, of which there is no Escape,“ says heart specialist and emergency physician, Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich Andresen, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German heart Foundation, said in a statement.
Immediately of sudden cardiac death is initiated predominantly by ventricular fibrillation, which brings the heart from one second to the other completely out of sync. The heart stops beating, the blood pressure drops to “Zero”.
The Patient will feel after four seconds, a “Blank” in the head. After eight seconds, he collapses unconscious. After two to three minutes, he stops breathing. After ten minutes of recovery measures, as a rule, are unsuccessful again.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common underlying disease.
According to the heart Foundation, autopsies have shown in case of a suddenly deceased a frequency of CHD by up to 75 percent. You, in turn, is caused by risk factors such as hypertension, Diabetes and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol).
Genetics and an unhealthy lifestyle by Smoking, Obesity, lack of exercise and drug use play a role.
Causes of sudden cardiac Death can also be heart muscle diseases, rare heart valve disease, and congenital heart defects.
“The best strategy is to heart disease in to detect all the CHD at an early stage and to treat it,” says Andresen.
“If we can get it done to reduce through consistent education and sustainable preventive measures, coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death will lose much of its terror. Unfortunately, we are still very far.“
The nationwide heart for weeks, under the Motto of “Sudden cardiac death: How to protect yourself from it?” to help inform with the support of the media, the people about how these threatening heart disease, what symptoms you felt and how you most effectively from the risk of sudden cardiac death to protect.
More information about the awareness campaign, the from 1. up to 30. November 2019 will be held, there are on the website of the heart Foundation.
Quick Action is required
As the German heart Foundation explains that patients with a sudden Cardiac arrest to survive only a Chance, if witnesses are to observe the Events, to evaluate correctly and to alert the emergency number (112) with resuscitation to begin.
The good news: According to a separate study observed 60 to 70 percent of the Cardiac arrests, of the witness as emergency properly identified and also the emergency number 112 may be alerted.
The bad news: Not even half of the witnesses begins after the removal of the emergency call with resuscitation measures. The majority remains idle. The reason is that the General insecurity and especially the fear of doing something wrong.
The following applies:
1. Without a care by witnesses of – mostly non-medical readers – has a Patient with a cardiovascular still little Chance to be successfully revived.
2. Every adult should be able to recognize a Cardiac arrest and the steps necessary to rescue the Person. (ad)