Prevention of Sudden Death Syndrome: A popular video went viral on the social media showed a woman at a social gathering, who while dancing slumped. The story went further to say that the woman was rushed to a hospital for immediate treatment, but she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The woman could have benefited from a cardio-pulmonary support.
A man also slumped during a meeting held last year. Everyone near him rushed instantaneously to give a helping hand and to lift him up.
The man was put on a chair and they started fanning and pouring water on him. He was later rushed to the General Hospital, but within minutes of his arrival, he was pronounced dead by a doctor.
Thousands of people have died through collapsed buildings, fire incidents, accidents at sea and road accidents. The number of those who slumped and died and those that died of cancer are alarming. While I commiserate with hundreds of families that were affected last year, I will suggest a healthy lifestyle to all in the year 2020.
The recurrence of sudden death, which most people have heard of, is becoming alarming. It is on the increase across the country, creating worry and anxiety.
Sudden Death Syndrome
Sudden death syndrome describes a sudden, unexpected death of adolescents and adults, which may occur during sleep, whilst awake, or just after exercise. It is most often associated with slumping.
Sudden Death Syndrome events are non-traumatic, non-violent, unexpected occurrences resulting from cardiac arrest.
Most sudden deaths are due to an unhealthy heart condition known as Sudden Arrhythmia Death or Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome (heart attack).
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome is common in young people. It is an inherited disease, which creates an abnormality in the heart, causing it to speed up or slow down to the point where it can no longer pump blood in some cases, the heart will stop completely. It is also caused by Cerebrovacular accident, commonly referred to as stroke or brain attacks. This is mostly due to uncontrolled Hypertension and Diabetes.
Sudden death is common among those who are 40 years-old and beyond; while it peaks for those who are over 60.The incidence is rare among younger people, although athletes are highly susceptible. Conditions such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes mellitus and respiratory diseases are all risk factors. It affects men twice as it does women. Men are more susceptible because of activities, stress, hustling.
Regular medical checkup is crucial to preventing sudden death and should be promoted. Through it, you are able to diagnose chronic diseases such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes mellitus and respiratory diseases.
Those who are over 40 are advised to do a six-monthly or yearly comprehensive medical screening under the supervision of their physicians. The various profiles of kidney, heart, lung, prostrate, breast, cervical and other blood profile are done under the guidance of a physician.
Those with unexplained or persistent symptoms like weakness, weight loss, headache, body pain, tiredness etc, will also need guided medical checks. Blood pressure and blood sugar should be monitored regularly.
People are encouraged to imbibe the culture of a healthy lifestyle regularly, as mentioned earlier in this piece. Ensure you do a proper and regular health checks. Exercise (moderately) regularly; reduce salt intake; avoid junk meals high in fats and oils, which only clog up the arteries; take lots of whole-grains, fruits and vegetables, Take lots of water.
Most of the slumping takes place at the work place, meetings, home, etc, but nine out of 10 people don’t know what to do when a person slumps, becomes unresponsive, and is not breathing normally, whether or not the victim survives depends largely upon the immediate intervention of bystanders.
There is a brief timeframe for saving the victim’s life. The victims can survive if they receive immediate help from those around. This is why prompt action by bystanders is so critical and why it is so important for laypersons to learn and get trained in what is called Basic Life Support.
The victim should be laid down on a flat surface probably on the floor, lying on the back; rescuer should not attempt to sit the victim down as no active resuscitation is done that way.
Keep a date for the next piece “How to rescue a person who slumps before medical help arrives’’ what is referred to as the Basic Life Support.