An Initiative to Educate General Population on Sudden Cardiac Death- A Short Discussion

Rupa Potti

Department of Nursing, Chicago State University, IL, United States of America

Dr. Rupa Potti, Department of Nursing, Chicago State University, IL, United States of America.

Keywords: Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) Cardiac Arrest; Risk Factors; Cardiac Screening


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of deaths across the globe accounting for 17.8 million deaths in 2017. It has been studied that sudden cardiac deaths account for 40% -50% of all the cardiovascular related deaths. Among this about 10%-20% of all deaths are mostly related to dysrhythmias of the ventricles [1]. These enormous numbers signify the importance of the cardiac health awareness among the general population to be able to take measures to prevent SCD. It has been studied that various factors affecting the heart such as dysrhythmias, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyopathy, infections of heart valves and cardiac inner lining called endocardium can cause SCD by themselves or when aggravated by other factors such as stress and exertion [2]. Due to the staggering statistics of SCD, it is imperative that the general population are aware of its causes and steps which can be taken for early recognition of risk factors and prevention.

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