All you need to know about Cardiac arrest and athletes and how they can fight the disease
Heart disease or the cardiac diseases are the major cause of death in United States, Canada, England, and Wales. About 25.4% of total deaths are caused due to cardiac disorders. There are many modern techniques available for preventing such diseases; even then there is the increased rate of the victims of cardiac arrest. Taking the proper preventive measures will help you to avoid these problems. CPR is the technique used to release the patients from cardiac arrests.
CPR is an acronym used for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. It is the technique for rescuing the patient suffering from the cardiac arrest. It can be carried out in or outside the hospitals. It is required for the patients those are unresponsive with no breathing or only gasps. The CPR technique involves compression of the chest at the rate of 100 per minute to provide the artificial circulation by manually pumping the blood through the heart.
Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest:
1.Decrease in pulse rate
3.Decrease in ability to breath
Need of CPR:
1.Can double the chances of survival.
2.Make a difference between life and death.
The artificial respiration will delay the tissue death and prolong the brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation avoiding the permanent brain damage. The CPR is continued for a time until the person regains return of spontaneous circulation or is declared dead. The unending brain damage or death can occur within minutes if blood flow stops. Hence, it is critical that blood flow and breathing be continued until the trained medical help arrives. Applications of CPR techniques vary depending on the age or size of the patient.
Cardiac arrest and athletes
It has been proven beyond doubt that much of the Cardiac arrest that many people suffer from are as a result of their lifestyle habits. Of course, some people have had heart attacks while they followed good lifestyle habits such as eating well, exercising and managing stress. However, such cases are mostly genetic or otherwise in nature, and far apart. The majority of cases can be linked to our daily habits of living.
Cardiac arrest manifested in an athlete
A good habit such as jogging and running can be counterproductive if certain things are not taken into consideration. A friend of mine was jogging every day and ate a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. He tried to manage this problem by reducing the distances he ran. Also, instead of running from Mondays to Fridays as usual, he ran only thrice a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and for less clock time – and yet this problem of acute exhaustion never stopped.
Ultimately he suffered a mild heart attack. His doctor told him to stop jogging until further notice. He asked him where he lived and did his jogging. Of course, we live in the sprawling flatland of Johannesburg, called Hillbrow, here in South Africa. So my friend had wondered how that could be of import to his heart condition.
Now Hillbrow has hundreds of thousands of cars moving through this densely populated suburb every day. My friend usually jogged in the mornings around nine. The doctor told him that this exhaustion was caused by the monoxide fumes from the cars that were plying the streets of Hillbrow. This was after he’d taken blood samples of my friend for a laboratory analysis, which turned out that he had high levels of lead in his blood cells. He advised him to go to any nearby park, especially very early in the mornings before cars started filling up the streets, to do his jogging there.
At this time of the morning, the air was much fresher, and he would be spared from the danger of inhaling the smog from the exhaust fumes from cars, trucks, and buses. So it is imperative to get as much fresh air as possible if one jogs in an area with a lot of cars moving around the streets, his doctor told him.
My friend heeded this advice. After resting for three months, he started his jogging once more – gradually. After only a mere week running in a park early in the morning, he did not feel any exhaustion. He reckoned this could be the result of having stopped running for three months, but even after increasing his jogging pace and time, he still enjoyed peak energy levels afterward. No doubt his blood was fully oxygenated, and in this way, his body organs function at an optimum level.
Since then, my friend had even run in the annual prestigious Durban marathon once and finished within the deadline time, and his health has improved a great deal.The last time he went for his blood test, the first content traces in his blood had vanished. His doctor told him his heart was not as strong as that of an ox.
It is important that you breathe in fresh air when exercising, or take time to oxygenate your blood by doing deep breathing exercises. This has the good effect of lowering the chances of a cardiac arrest. This also has the effect of increasing our energy levels and preventing the onset of cancer. Carbon monoxide fumes are an insidious cause of a plethora of heart and respiratory ailments for inner-city dwellers. The carbon monoxide fumes from car exhaust can raise the level of lead in our bloodstream which can lead to cardiac ailments, and undermine the health of our respiratory tract. Oxygenating our blood regularly is the answer, even if one is not exerting himself or herself in any form of physical exercise.