Cardiac Arrests, Fabrice Muamba and What You Can Learn From This.
The current and shocking news of 23 year-old Fabrice Muamba collapsing during a Premier League game has brought the subject of heart health right to the very forefront of the news right now. This is a perfect time to take a look at the lessons that this tragic event has presented.
Firstly, there are many heart defects that can cause a heart attack, some of which remain hidden for several years or even decades.
As a nurse I witnessed young children and middle aged adults experience complications with their hearts due to genetic defects that leave their heart more vulnerable than the average person. Only by witnessing a close friend or family member experience potentially life threatening symptoms like this do most people really own the fact that any of us could die suddenly and without warning. What Fabrice Muamba has done for a nation is highlight that age is no protection from heart problems. It can happen to anyone at any time.
How important are diet and exercise in preventing a heart attack?
There is no doubt that having a healthy diet and active exercise routine will decrease your chances of having a heart attack but to focus on these two areas alone is delusional. Clearly, Fabrice Muamba did not have a heart attack because of his lack of exercise. I can only speculate on his diet but I’m guessing that his was better than average, since he is a professional athlete.
There are always deeper-rooted issues at play here. Personally, I have found that relationship challenges and/or a poor life/work balance can be huge factors. Heart problems have an array of psychological symptoms that can contribute to a heart attack. From low motivation and an increasingly negative mindset to a deep-rooted family trauma or unresolved incident from the past, heart warning signs come in many different forms.
What can you do to reduce your risk?
As with anything, if your family has a history of health issues, or heart problems specifically, then educating yourself on the early warning symptoms and ways to reverse them could be the difference between life and death for you and/or your loved ones.
My free educational resource at http://www.thehealthyheartacademy.com could help to ensure that you are less likely to meet the same fate as Fabrice Muamba. For now, my thoughts are with Fabrice, his family and friends as well as anyone else who is going through a similar shock to their system that only a serious issue of the heart can cause.