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Sudden cardiac arrest: Top 5 early signs to watch out for - Times Now

According to medical experts, a common early symptom of sudden cardiac arrest is repeat episodes of unconsciousness.

According to medical experts, a common early symptom of sudden cardiac arrest is repeat episodes of unconsciousness.   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images

Key Highlights

  • Heart diseases are one of the most brutal killers in the world – and statistics suggest that this group of conditions claim a maximum number of lives globally.
  • A major early sign of sudden cardiac arrest is continuous chest pain, even when not performing strenuous activities when the body is at rest and free from exertion.
  • Fluttering or pounding heart is another sign of cardiac arrest that one must watch out for.

New Delhi: Heart diseases are one of the most brutal killers in the world – and statistics suggest that this group of conditions claim a maximum number of lives globally. And in heart diseases, cardiac arrest happens to be the most common one. Over the years, cases of cardiac arrest – a state wherein the heart stops beating – have skyrocketed, and that too, among young people.

A sudden cardiac arrest is a potentially fatal condition that can result in death if not tended to timely. The human heart is controlled by electrical impulses, and when these impulses change their pattern, it can result in irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmia. When this rhythm halts, a cardiac arrest occurs. A heart attack, on the other hand, takes place when the blood supply to the heart gets disrupted.

What are the symptoms of a sudden cardiac arrest?

In order to manage it timely, one needs to be aware of the early symptoms of a sudden cardiac arrest so that action is taken before the heart stops beating. Keep reading.

  1. Episodes of unconsciousness: According to medical experts, a common early symptom of sudden cardiac arrest is repeat episodes of unconsciousness. Frequently-occurring instances of head reeling could be linked to fluctuating heartbeat, which may eventually result in a cardiac arrest.
  2. Continuous chest pain: Another major early sign of sudden cardiac arrest is continuous chest pain, even when not performing strenuous activities when the body is at rest and free from exertion. In this case, doctors recommend going for an ECG immediately.
  3. Shortness of breath: Usually, one experiences shortness of breath while performing strenuous activities like intense exercise or hiking. However, when it happens too often and even at rest, it could be a symptom of cardiac arrest risk mounting within.
  4. Heart palpitations: Fluttering or pounding heart is another sign of cardiac arrest that one must watch out for. This happens as a consequence of irregular heartbeats – arrhythmia. Therefore, if you are prone to palpitations or experience them too often, even when not anxious, it is a sign that you need to get your heart health checked urgently.
  5. Weakness and dizziness: Patients prone to cardiac arrest are also likely to feel weak and dizzy around the episode. If you are feeling, weak, dizzy, or light-headed, it could hint at a cardiac arrest episode developing within.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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