Professor Hamza Duygu, head of the Department of Cardiology at the Near East University Hospital, pointed out that much of society is unaware of heart diseases that have no previous symptoms and cause sudden death. teacher. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that sudden death due to heart disease is observed 3-4 times more in men than in women, and this rate even increases up to 45 times between 60 and 7 years of age.
In recent years, the frequency of sudden death in people without any diagnosed disease has increased rapidly. Prof. Dr. Head of Department of Cardiology, Near East University Hospital Emphasizing that the most important cause of such sudden deaths is heart diseases, Hamza Duygu warns that due precautions should be taken against possible heart diseases, especially in this time of increasing summer heat.
Deaths that occur unexpectedly and soon after the onset of symptoms due to cardiac arrest in people who do not have a life-threatening condition are defined as “sudden cardiac death”. teacher. Dr. Hamza Duygu, stating that this situation often occurs with the onset of fatal arrhythmias, explains that the reason why death occurs in at least 1 or 2 hours is usually due to the arrhythmia problem. teacher. Dr. Duygu draws attention to the fact that in deaths that occur over long hours, cardiac function deteriorates and the heart suffers from pump failure.
If you are over 30, get a regular heart checkup once a year
Stating that the leading cause of sudden cardiac death is a heart attack due to cardiovascular occlusion, Professor Hamza Duygu said death is usually caused by a heart rhythm disorder that develops during a heart attack. teacher. Dr. Hamza Duygu continued his remarks as follows: “During this fatal rhythm disorder called ventricular fibrillation, the heart cannot perform its pumping function and blood flow is cut off. If the heart rate has not returned to normal by electroshock within a few minutes, death occurs. Therefore, conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, and family history that increase the risk of coronary heart disease are also risk factors for sudden cardiac death.
Stating that the most common symptoms before the development of sudden heart symptoms are shortness of breath, palpitations, darkening of the eyes and feeling unwell, Professor Hamza Duygu said that sometimes the heart can stop suddenly without any symptom. teacher. Dr. Hamza Duygu said everyone over 30 should have a regular heart health checkup once a year to avoid the adverse consequences of heart disease that had no symptoms before.
People with sudden death in their family should be careful!
Recalling that people who have a death case due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, especially in their family, should go to a fully equipped cardiac center as soon as possible. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that there are various screening programs regarding heart health at Near East University Hospital Heart Center. Emphasizing that pilots, drivers, security officers and athletes who have a great responsibility in their work must regularly undergo a detailed heart health screening program. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that by detecting conditions that cause sudden death, such as cardiovascular occlusion, aortic dilatation, arrhythmia, heart failure, congenital heart disease, sudden cardiac death can be prevented through to early diagnosis. teacher. Dr. Hamza Duygu continued: “It is possible to prevent certain events by having regular check-ups. Rare inherited genetic diseases can cause sudden death in healthy young individuals. In this regard, high-risk patients can be detected by various diagnostic methods. It is of great importance that those who have lost loved ones due to sudden unexpected death be evaluated at a heart center.
Conditions increasing the risk of sudden cardiac death;
- Cardiovascular occlusions and associated heart attacks
- aortic rupture
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart failure, congenital diseases of the heart muscle
- heart valve diseases
- inflammation of the heart muscle
- congenital heart disease
- Use of toxic substances
- Certain severe arrhythmias (long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, WPW syndrome, brugada syndrome, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia)