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Are you at risk of cardiac arrest? know what heart patients should not ignore

The country's well-known standup comedian Raju Srivastava passed away on September 21 (Wednesday). He had a heart attack on 10 August. His family doctor Vivek Gupta had given him heart health advice three days before the heart attack, which Raju ignored. You also know what things heart patients should not ignore.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: Now only memories are left of Raju Srivastava, who made the country laugh fiercely through his comedy. Raju died on 21 September (Wednesday) at AIIMS Hospital in Delhi. Raju Srivastava was a heart patient for a long time and his treatment was going on. Due to his untimely departure, his family and friends as well as the fans are very sad. Raju Srivastava, who was always alert about work, used to be careless about his heart health many times. This negligence also became the reason for his heart attack.

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Dr. Vivek Gupta, a well-known cardiologist from Delhi, who was the family doctor of Raju Srivastava for a long time, also used to constantly advise him about heart health. However, according to Dr. Gupta, Raju did not listen to anyone.

What is cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and often without warning. It starts with an electrical nerve failure in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat. In this, the heart suddenly stops pumping and this affects the functioning of the heart, brain, lungs and other organs. After a few seconds, it affects the whole body and the person loses consciousness.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation may be of some help in cardiac arrest in an emergency. CPR is a procedure in which controlled pressure is given on the chest with both hands. By doing this, the stopped heart of a person can be activated again. CPR maintains enough oxygen in your lungs. Cardiac arrest can be life-saving if timely CPR and defibrillator are found. Experts say that if the patient is given CPR immediately after showing signs of cardiac arrest, then his chances of survival can be doubled.

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Cardiac arrest symptoms

– Chest pain or discomfort.
– Heart palpitations.
– Rapid or irregular heartbeats.
– Unexplained wheezing.
– Shortness of breath.
– Fainting or near fainting.
– Lightheadedness or dizziness.

All these symptoms can mean that your heart health is not good and it can also be life-threatening.

Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. In a heart attack, blood stops reaching a part of the heart, whereas in a cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops working. However, a heart attack can sometimes trigger a disturbance in the electrical system leading to sudden cardiac arrest.

Who is at risk of cardiac arrest

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The following 9 major factors are responsible for 90% of heart attacks or cardiac arrests. Having two or more of these risk factors increases the risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest.

– cigarette smoking
– bad cholesterol
– high blood pressure
– diabetes
– mental and social stress
– obesity
– Eating very little vegetables and fruits
– drinking alcohol

Regular heart checkups: List of tests to be done
For those who have a family history of heart disease, Dr Hinduja suggests that they should start routine medical check-ups from the age of 35. “Those who don’t have a family history of heart problems can start from 50. Every five years, routine heart check-ups should be done. After 60, a routine health check-up should be done every 2-3 years. Routine health checks include ECG and 2D echo. The best test to find out blockages in arteries is coronary angiography; and for valves-related issues, it’s 2D echo.”

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