Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart fails to pump properly, resulting in a sudden decrease of blood flow. According to Wikipedia, cardiac arrest is defined as “the partial or full cessation of heart activity.” When this occurs, the victim will lose consciousness and is quite likely to die. In reality, the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest are extremely low. Even with numerous resuscitation therapies such as Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), the patient’s chances of survival are slim. This goes a long way toward demonstrating how deadly cardiac arrest is.
Below is a picture of a man down with cardiac arrest
Take a look at this image and note down the four most common symptoms of cardiac arrest.
What are the causes of Cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is commonly caused by a variety of medical disorders. Hypertensive people are more likely to have a heart attack. It can also be caused by coronary artery disease. Obesity, high cholesterol, fibrosis, coronary artery disease, substantial blood loss, and other heart-related diseases are all factors to consider. When a healthy person gains a lot of weight as a result of a high fat diet, his or her cholesterol level may rise, leading to obesity. The person’s heart is likely to be at risk in that situation, as it may be straining to fulfill its regular function due to cardiac muscle and blood vessel weakening. This type of situation could eventually result in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest usually starts like this.
The underlying causes of cardiac arrest are summarized in the diagram below.
Apart from all of the aforementioned health issues, there are a number of other factors that might contribute to cardiac arrest that are frequently overlooked. Your lifestyle is really essential when it comes to your health. All of the above-mentioned heart problems occur mostly as a result of a person’s lifestyle, rather than because of a genetic predisposition. The consumption of junk foods is increasing, as is the consumption of all other types of harmful meals, while physical activity is decreasing in society. The foods you eat on a regular basis are extremely important to your health, and they will decide your overall health. As a result, this article identifies four substances that, when consumed in large quantities, increase the risk of cardiac arrest.
The nurses and doctors are attempting to save the life of this man who is suffering from cardiac arrest.
What are the four substances that, when consumed in excess, might cause cardiac arrest?
There are four key substances that have been linked to an increased risk of cardiac arrest in people. In today’s society, those four substances are eaten on a regular basis. Some are unaware of its negative consequences, while others do so due to ignorance. If you’re reading this, please do yourself a favor and reduce the amount you spend consuming those things. Those substances are listed below:
1. Excessive intake of salt
Salt is a very essential ingredient in preparing food. A food without salt is like fish without water. However, for the benefit of the heart and overall health, salt should not be consumed in excess. The most harmful thing to do is to swallow raw salt. Excessive heart intake causes blood vessel weakening or blockage, which leads to high blood pressure. Given that hypertension can lead to cardiac arrest, it’s evident that limiting salt intake is a critical step in preserving the heart.
Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and having high blood pressure increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease. So to keep your heart healthy it’s important that you don’t eat too much salt each day. As we’re all spending more time at home, it can be challenging to stick to a healthy diet. It can be especially hard to resist salty snacks and ready meals, which are usually high in salt.
How much is too much?
Adults should eat less than 6 grams of salt each day – that’s about one teaspoon. This includes the salt that’s contained within ready made foods like bread, as well as the salt you add during cooking and at the table.
Children should eat less salt than adults, according to their age.
2. Excessive intake of Alcohol
Too much alcohol is a nay nay for the heart. On a general note, drinking too much alcohol is extremely harmful to the body. It weakens the immune system while also causing problems with the kidneys, liver, and heart. Alcohol weakens and damages the heart muscles and tissues, as well as the blood vessels. The heart becomes easily fatigued in this situation because it is unable to perform its normal functions. According to research, anyone who struggles with alcoholism has a high risk of cardiac arrest later in life. Please try to limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it entirely if at all possible.
3. Fatty foods/fried foods
The more fatty meals you consume, the more likely you are to gain weight, and as a result, you are more prone to develop high cholesterol, obesity, and other health problems associated with obesity. Fried meals have a lot of oil in them, especially if they are fried in unhealthy oil. Obesity puts people at risk for heart disease, and cardiac arrest is the next logical step. Every person who cares about their health should be aware of their weight, cholesterol level, and body fat percentage. It is imperative that you refrain from eating fried meals on a regular basis. If you’re overweight, you should completely eliminate it from your diet and focus on physical activity.
4. Cigarette, tobacco and other smokables
As far as the heart is concerned, cigarettes, tobacco, and other smoked substances are all no- no’s. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly hazardous gas that is released into the bloodstream when these chemicals are consumed. When this happens, the heart has a hard time pumping enough blood, and the carbon monoxide reacts with the oxygen to form an extremely toxic gas, which weakens the heart. Blood vessels and cardiac muscles begin to deteriorate as well. Smokers are more likely to die young than non-smokers. Around the world, 80 percent of smokers suffer from one or more cardiac conditions. At the end of the day, cardiac arrest will be the result. By resisting the impulse to smoke, you can avoid cardiac arrest.
How Does Smoking Affect Your Cardiovascular Health?
When you breathe in air from the atmosphere, the lungs take in oxygen and deliver it to the heart, which pumps this oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body through the blood vessels. But when you breathe in cigarette smoke, the blood that is distributed to the rest of the body becomes contaminated with the smoke’s chemicals. These chemicals can damage to your heart and blood vessels,1 which can lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD)—the leading cause of all deaths in the United States.
CVD is a generic term referring to multiple conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels3. Some of these conditions include:
coronary heart disease
hypertension (high blood pressure)
peripheral artery disease
In addition to permanently damaging your heart and blood vessels, cigarette smoke can also cause CVD by changing your blood chemistry1,2 and causing plaque—a waxy substance comprised of cholesterol, scar tissue, calcium, fat, and other material3—to build up in the arteries, the major blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body. This plaque buildup can lead to a disease called atherosclerosis. When the chemicals in cigarette smoke cause atherosclerosis and thickened blood in the arteries, it becomes more difficult for blood cells to move through arteries and other blood vessels to get to vital organs like the heart and brain.4 This can create blood clots and ultimately lead to a heart attack or stroke, even death.1,2
Other rare but serious cardiovascular conditions that can be caused by smoking include:
Peripheral Artery Disease (and peripheral vascular disease): A condition in which the narrowing of blood vessels results in insufficient blood flow to arms, legs, hands, and feet. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of this condition, which can result in amputation.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm: A bulge that is formed in an area of the aorta—the main artery that distributes blood through the body—that sits in the abdomen. When an abdominal aortic aneurysm bursts, it can result in sudden death. More women than men die from aortic aneurysms, and nearly all deaths from this condition are caused by smoking.4
As a health-conscious individual, please memorize this article and begin putting it into practice. Every day, a large number of people die as a result of a lack of information. It is preferable that you give it your all and leave the rest to God. Always keep in mind that you have control over your own health.