Sridevi was only 54. She was fit, frequently posted pictures of her workouts and was a dancer all her life. The Bollywood superstar passed away reportedly after a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on Saturday night.
Later, Sanjay Kapoor, the actor’s brother-in-law, said that she had no past history of heart problems.
Dr R K Aggarwal says that a person who looks healthy could also be living with blockage in their arteries,
which could also lead to a cardiac arrest.
A cardiac arrest can happen even without a history of cardiac issues. Blockage of arteries starts giving symptoms only when it is at 80-90 percent. 25 percent of people even after having significant and severe blockages do not experience any discomfort.
Cardiac arrest, however, is not always the same as a heart attack. While heart attack is caused by blockages in coronary arteries that prevent blood flow to the heart, according to Dr Aggarwal.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. It could be a result of an electrical disturbance in your heart that disrupts its pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of your body.
Symptoms and Signs of Cardiac Arrest
In critically or terminally ill patients, cardiac arrest is often preceded by a period of clinical deterioration with rapid, shallow breathing.
In this case, your arteries may have no blockages at all. Its symptoms include:
- No pulse
- Sudden collapse
- Lack of breathing
- Loss of consciousness
A heart attack can also lead to a cardiac arrest, but they are not the same thing.
Heart Attack is a sudden interruption to the blood supply to part of the heart muscle and is likely to cause chest pain and permanent damage to the heart. The heart is still sending blood around the body and the person remains conscious and is still breathing.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body and there someone who is having a cardiac arrest will suddenly lose consciousness and will stop breathing or stop breathing normally. Unless immediately treated by this always leads to death within minutes, so one needs to take extra care of the patients with Heart Problems.
A person having a heart attack is at a higher risk of experiencing a cardiac arrest.
Both a heart attack and a cardiac arrest are life-threatening emergency conditions and which requires emergency medical help.