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Do You Know The Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Death?

A rapid, unexpected loss of heart function known as sudden cardiac death (SCD) is typically the result of an abnormal heart rate (arrhythmia). It can happen to people who have or don’t know they have heart problems. Several things can increase the chance of SCD, such as:

  • Underlying heart conditions like coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy (enlarged or weakened heart muscles), heart valve disorders, or congenital heart conditions
  • A history of heart attacks
  • Cardiac disease or inheritance may be the cause of ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation.
  • A family history of SCD
  • You are male; SCD is more common in men than in women.
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Drug Interactions

Keep in mind that SCD may strike unexpectedly and without notice, even in those who aren’t susceptible to it. You should talk to a cardiologist about your own risk of SCD based on your medical history, family history, and other variables if you’re worried about it. Often, preventing SCD means taking care of underlying heart problems, dealing with risk factors, and living a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor will work with you to make a safety plan that fits your needs and risk factors. It’s important to carefully follow the advice of your doctor and keep regular follow-up visits to check on your heart health.