Another reason to quit smoking, exercise and eat a healthy diet
Posted Jul 12 2011 5:43pm
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Approximately 300,000 people die every year from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the United States. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as death occurring within 60 minutes after the onset of symptoms without any evidence of circulatory collapse. People who have heart disease are at higher risk for SCD. However, SCD can also occur in people who appear healthy and have no known heart disease.
Most people who experience SCD die from it—often within minutes. Rapid treatment with a defibrillator can be lifesaving.
A recent review of data from the Nurses Health Study states that following a healthy lifestyle may actually lower the risk of sudden cardiac death in women. This study appeared in the June 6, 2011 issue of JAMA.
Healthy lifestyle includes regular exercise, controlling obesity, healthy diet and no smoking. Women who followed all four of the good life style habits had a 92% lower SCD risk compared to those with none of the four good factors.