Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Does it really happen with no warning?


Cardiac arrest refers to when it is no longer possible for the heart to send blood to other organs and tissues in the body. Cardiac arrest requires immediate assistance to prevent fatal consequences.  There are several risk factors that could cause it. Let’s take a look.

Those risk factors are:

  1. Smoking
  2. Obesity
  3. Hypertension
  4. High cholesterol
  5. Diet high in fats
  6. High blood sugar level
  7. Sedentary lifestyle
  8. Stress

According to studies, the majority of individuals that suffer from cardiac arrest do show signs that something is wrong with their heart.  Those signs could present even one month before the episode.

Those indicators could be: chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, palpitations (accelerated heartbeat).  These signs could also indicate another health problem.  That’s why it is vitally important to maintain regular medical control if you have any of these symptoms or find yourself in one of the risk factor groups for suffering from heart disorders.

Likewise, cardiac arrest can affect young individuals without prior warning, even those who are athletes or lead a healthy life, as it can be due to hereditary anomalies and oftentimes goes undiagnosed.

First aid for cardiac arrest

While medical assistance is on the way, the individual experiencing the cardiac arrest should receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which consists of thoracic compressions along with breathing through his/her mouth, or by use of an AMBU.  The individual will then be treated with a defibrillator by a professional, which will send an electronic shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm.

It is important and extremely helpful if everyone knows basic CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to do it, and what aspects to keep in mind before starting.  The sooner first aid is administered, the more possible it is that the affected individual survives.

Heart-healthy diet

These foods are considered to be heart-healthy and promote correct blood circulation.  This helps maintain a healthy heart, preventing disease.

Which foods are they?

  • Fish
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruits and vegetables (2 portions of vegetables and 2 or 3 pieces of fruit)
  • Olive oil
  • Oatmeal
  • Skim or 1% milk
  • Low-sodium meats: turkey, rabbit, chicken (always remove the skin when raw along with excessive fat in meats)
  • Legumes

Below, we are going to recommend a heart-healthy recipe for you to enjoy a delicious meal without sacrificing heart health.

Baked Pumpkin Risotto+


  • 450 grams pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Oil spray and water
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 200 grams Rissotto rice
  • Lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 700 mL hot vegetable broth
  • 30 grams grated Parmesan cheese


Pre-heat the over to 200 degrees Celcius.  Place the pumpkin, the onion and garlic in a non-stick baking dish.  Spray the vegetables with the spray oil and water.  Lightly season with black pepper.  Place in the over for 15 to 20 minutes until gold and caramelized Turn regularly.

Sprinkle the rice and lemon zest on top and remove to mix everything.  Pour the boiling broth on top and stir.  Cover with aluminum foil and put back into over for 20 to 30 minutes or until the rice is soft and has absorbed all the broth.  Add half of the Parmesan cheese, sprinkle the rest on top and serve immediately.  Enjoy this delicious and heart-healthy recipes.


Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you have to eat routine and boring food.  See a nutritionist that will help you plan a varied, tasty, and at the same time, healthy diet, specific to your health condition.  Following a very strict and routine diet will only lead to early abandonment of said diet.  Remember that in order to suffer from cardiac arrest, your arteries must be previously damaged.  This does not happen in a healthy individual.


One thought on “Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Does it really happen with no warning?

  • November 3, 2016 at 5:24 am

    10 kms (6 miles) run every 3rd day will do wonders for your heart

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