Yet another reason to make a healthy living
Sudden cardiac death isn’t a heart attack, though many think the two mean the same thing, rather it is the result of a sudden cardiac arrest – an abrupt, unexpected loss of function because of problems in the heart’s electrical impulses. If not treated with a defibrillator within minutes, the result is death.
Sudden cardiac death can happen in those who know they have heart disease, and in those who have no sign or symptom beforehand. It often comes without warning, striking down somewhere between 250,000 and 310,000 patients in the United States each year.
The participants filled out a questionnaire asking about their medical history and
The good news was that it appears each healthy habit confers a reduced risk of disease, but when all four options are combined, the risk dropped dramatically. The study found that women who…
– Don’t smoke
– Had a healthy BMI (under 25.0).
– Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day on most days of the week.
– Ate a Mediterranean type diet that includes lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, nuts and fish with moderate alcohol intake.
What’s more, the team estimates that if all the participants in the study practiced all four healthy habits, 81% of the sudden cardiac deaths might have been avoided.
No one says that making behavior changes is an easy thing… it takes patience and planning. Experts recommend that you shy away from vowing to drop 60 pounds and make smaller, easier to manage changes instead.
Don’t trash your whole diet, but do make a conscious effort to choose healthier foods, to be a bit more active… just five minutes daily to start with on most days. Work up from there. As you see the results of your efforts to follow a healthy living