Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) risks can be assessed through simple tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures the heart’s electrical activity, and an echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the heart. However, SCA screenings are usually reserved for people at high risk. For parents who have no reason to suspect their child may be at risk, these tests are not easily accessible. Unless a child shows signs of a heart problem, insurance companies typically don’t cover screening. However, more than 7,000 children die every year from sudden cardiac arrest.
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How can I know if I'm at risk for sudden cardiac arrest?
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Johns Hopkins Medicine answeredThe most common type of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer. It accounts for 75 percent of all lung cancer cases. Non-small cell lung cancer includes squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma, and undifferentiated carcinomas.
How can I reduce my risk of sudden cardiac death?
About 50% of cardiac disease deaths are caused when the heart suddenly stops beating. If a patient has an irregular heart beat, the doctor can lower the risk of sudden cardiac death by implanting a defibrillator, an internal device that will re-establish a normal heart rhythm if necessary. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that certain lifestyle do’s and don’ts can also help lower your risk.
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- If you smoke, stop; if you don’t smoke, don’t start.
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Engaging in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily
- Eating a daily diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and healthy fats and limiting your intake of saturated food products and alcohol.