Warning Signs: Are You in Danger of Cardiac Arrest?

Identifying sudden cardiac arrest risk factors

You’ve probably heard that cardiac arrest can strike anyone at anytime without warning from small children to high school and college athletes to office workers. 

That’s absolutely true, but new research suggests that middle age men in particular may notice some warning signs prior to cardiac arrest.

A recent study of men between the ages of 35 and 65 in Portland, Oregon found that over half had warning signs up to a month before they suffered sudden cardiac arrest. These symptoms included chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and flu like symptoms.

The vast majority of these symptoms occurred between a month and an hour before the incident of cardiac arrest. The majority of the men studied had heart disease which contributed to their sudden cardiac arrest; however, only half of these patients had been diagnosed prior to being hospitalized.

These findings emphasize the importance of visiting your doctor regularly as well as notifying your health care provider if you experience any concerning symptoms such as the ones listed above. A diagnosis and preventive care might very stave off a deadly cardiac arrest.