UPDATE: Following the filing of this report, the Dubai Police, according to postmortem analysis, formally announced on February 26 at 5.29pm that had died due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub after loss of consciousness.
The nation in mourning has been left by the sudden passing of Sridevi. The very talented and beautiful actress who gave Bollywood many of its blockbusters died at a relatively young age of 54. The information came out today morning and the country’s seeing a restless and tragic day today. It is being reported that the actress died of a sudden cardiac arrest and the report was supported by her brother-in-law. That’s the thing with sudden deaths: they’re expected and the most tragic.
Sudden cardiac arrests are mortal because of this very reason. So, what is a cardiac arrest? What are its symptoms and signs? Are there any early signs you can watch out for? We tell you.
What is a sudden cardiac arrest?
A sudden cardiac arrest is an unexpected and a very sudden and abrupt loss of the use of the heart, breathing as well as consciousness. It happens because of a sudden disturbance to the functioning of the heart which contributes to disturbance in pumping of the blood. Because of this, blood supply to the body is cut away. Sudden cardiac arrest needs immediate and prompt medical care. If not given appropriate care, it can lead to sudden cardiac death.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest vs Heart Attack
There is a gap between sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack. In heart attack, blood circulation is blocked in a part of the heart and this injures the muscles. From time to time, a heart attack can cause a cardiac arrest.
The symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest
None of the diseases comes unannounced. Every problem in the body gives us signs, however subtle they may be. But when it comes to a sudden cardiac arrest, doctors often say that the attack may come entirely out of the blue and not give any warning signs in any way. But, much to our relief, a recent study established that even a sudden cardiac arrest has its warning signs. Some common early symptoms include the following:
– A dizziness that does not go away easily
– An overall sense of fatigue
– Shortness of breath
– Heart palpitations
– Chest pain that may happen as early as four weeks prior to the cardiac arrest
Heart attack and cardiac arrest symptoms in girls
Heart attack and cardiac arrest symptoms are different in men and women, say studies. Though there are many symptoms that operate common, there are a variety of differences also that doctors have pointed out. They include:
– Symptoms may be more subtle and much more ambiguous
– Chest pain might not be the principal pain and can be accompanied by nausea, fatigue, pain in back, neck and shoulders also.
– Tight artery blockages aren’t too common in women but they’re in men
– The reason behind these differences may be that girls may develop preeclampsia, a problem of high blood pressure during pregnancy, in their lives. Also, menopause puts women at a greater risk of suffering from heart disease during that period of their lives.
There are lots of lifestyle risk factors that your chances of a cardiac arrest. These include the following :
– A problem of high blood pressure or hypertension
– High cholesterol levels
– No or very less physical activity
– Overweight or obesity
First aid for sudden cardiac arrest
In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, the patient must be immediately administered medical assistance. You should call a doctor as soon as possible. The administering of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help or a physician can also treat with a defibrillator. You might just give compressions into the chest in case you have to wait for help to arrive. If appropriate steps are taken, survival is possible.
Actresses who died of a sudden cardiac arrest
It is not just our legendary Sridevi who has died of a sudden cardiac arrest. There have been many other famous celebrities who died similarly. In fact, Mother Teresa also died of a cardiac arrest. Reema Lagoo, Aarthi Agarwal and Suchitra Sen are several other Indian actresses who died of cardiac arrest or heart attack.