Rapper Coolio's sudden cardiac death: He dies an hour after symptoms appear

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Famous American rapper Coolio died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was visiting a friend, entered the bathroom, where he fell ill and the ambulance that arrived quickly could only declare death. There was no help, his longtime manager said. But what happens in the body when such a death occurs?

Sudden cardiac death is sudden, unexpected death due to immediate loss of heart function. By definition, death occurs within an hour of the onset of symptoms, but usually within minutes.

It can occur in a person who has heart disease or as a first event without previously known heart disease. Almost all people with heart disease are at risk of sudden cardiac death, but the most important diseases are: coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

Precisely because it occurs as a consequence of other vascular diseases, but also in (apparently) perfectly healthy people, it is not even known how common it is, since the cause of death is often attributed to the disease itself, and not to the sudden heart attack. By some estimates, ISS is responsible for half of all deaths from heart disease, and European studies show a death rate of 0,36-1,28 per 1.000 people per year.'

Although fatal heart disease appears suddenly, some warning signs may indicate it. Most people who have had a heart attack had warning symptoms days and weeks before, according to a study of heart attack survivors. If a person gets help in time, he will survive a heart attack.

A number of them had chest pains four weeks earlier, as well as an hour before the sudden heart attack.

Other symptoms include:

– Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
– Many people feel dizzy
– Many patients fainted
- The vast majority noticed palpitations immediately before or even days before - an unpleasant feeling of their own heart, which patients describe as beating, skipping, stopping or fluttering of the heart.

When a sudden cardiac arrest occurs, seconds and minutes matter. As a result of reduced blood flow through the brain, the patient loses consciousness after a few seconds to a minute. Breathing soon stops, and within 5 minutes brain damage due to lack of oxygen becomes irreversible.

Roughly speaking, the survival rate decreases by 10% with every minute that we do not provide assistance to the victim, so a quick and appropriate reaction is extremely important. Procedures for helping the injured, which lead to spontaneous recovery of circulation, are called cardiopulmonary resuscitation and include chest massage, artificial respiration (air insufflation) and defibrillation.


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