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Possible causes of sudden cardiac arrest

Posted on April 22, 2015 9:06 am under Car Accidents

According to the Heart Rhythm Society, more than 350,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. SCA is a potentially fatal heart condition that happens when the heart’s electrical system has been disturbed, causing it to halt its pumping action. This medical emergency is so damaging that having an SCA that lasts for four to six minutes could be enough for someone to suffer from serious brain damage and sometimes even death.

There are many causes of SCA, which include:

  • Heart conditions – Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), enlarged heart, and coronary artery disease may all increase the risk of SCA
  • Other illnesses – High blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, among many other conditions, may increase your risk of developing a heart condition, making you more prone to SCA
  • Unhealthy lifestyle – Overconsumption of alcohol and smoking may result in compromised cardiovascular health

In some cases, however, a sudden, forceful blow to the chest during road accidents could cause the electrical activity of the heart to be disrupted, increasing the risk of SCA. Unfortunately, road accidents can sometimes result from a person who operated a vehicle when intoxicated, or acted otherwise negligently. Our Wisconsin car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you obtain compensation through a lawsuit. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.