5 Ways to Prevent a Fatal Outcome After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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When it comes to cardiac arrest, every second counts. Here are five ways one can prevent a fatal outcome after suffering a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, or other heart-related health emergency.

1. Be aware of early symptoms – A recent study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that nearly half of patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest reported feeling symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath, hours and even weeks prior to the event.

These symptoms should not be ignored or shrugged off as some temporary discomfort. People who experience chest pain and shortness of breath should never take it lightly. Recognizing these signs and alerting loved ones as soon as they occur are key to preventing a fatal outcome.

2. Get a heart screening – If you haven’t had a heart screening before, it never hurts to get one done sooner rather than later. Heart screenings will help make you aware of conditions or troublesome signs before they become an issue.

Heart screenings consist of a variety of laboratory tests that check blood and other fluids, genetic tests to search for inherited genetic markers that could be associated with disease, and imaging tests to get a picture of the inside of the patient’s body.

3. Know where nearby AEDs are – You and your loved ones, especially those who live with you, should always know where the nearest AED (automated external defibrillator) is located. To find an AED near you, download Heart Hero, a free mobile app that not only teaches you CPR, but also displays a map of all the defibrillators in your area. Should an emergency happen, you’ll always be prepared.

4. Wear a device that continually monitors your heart – Wearables like iBeat Watch can alert you if something abnormal or potentially life-threatening is happening with your heart. The watch can notify your loved ones and point paramedics to your exact geographic location. Having technology like the iBeat Watch can make the difference between life and death.

5. Set up emergency contacts in your phone or post them somewhere visible in your home – Having your emergency contacts somewhere easily accessible can be very helpful in an emergency and can provide paramedics with details about your health as well as any existing conditions you may have.

By following these five tips, you are helping to  prevent a potentially fatal outcome from sudden cardiac arrest. Each one of these items can easily be integrated into your daily life without any substantial changes in lifestyle and will help you a more proactively safe and longer life!