May 24, 2024 1:42 am
The Impact of Mental Health on Pregnancy and Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Women

Sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital affects approximately 350,000 people each year, with almost 90 percent resulting in fatality. However, it’s important to note that only 40 percent of these incidents involve women. Men and women may exhibit different symptoms of heart disease, and the risks of sudden cardiac arrest can vary as well.

According to Nancy Dagefoerde, an advanced practice nurse at OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute, sudden cardiac arrest can occur in any adult, particularly those aged 30 and older. Factors such as risk factors, family history, and heart defects can contribute to the likelihood of experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. This condition results from an irregular heartbeat known as an arrhythmia which causes the heart to stop beating or lose electrical activity leading to a lack of breathing and pulse in the affected individual.

Dagefoerde distinguishes between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack. A heart attack occurs due to a blockage in the coronary artery surrounding the heart while sudden cardiac arrest is caused by an irregular heartbeat that stops the heart from beating or losing electrical activity resulting in a lack of breathing and pulse in the affected individual.

Sarah Shoemaker, a certified nurse midwife at OSF HealthCare advises women who are considering pregnancy that there may be concerns about continuing medications like Zoloft or Prozac. She emphasizes that women should discuss these concerns with their healthcare provider early on before becoming pregnant. Shoemaker highlights the importance of maintaining stability and health for women who have found the right combination of medications for them. In case medication change is necessary providers may recommend supplements while considering each patient’s needs and circumstances carefully.

It’s crucial for individuals to understand their own risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest and take steps to maintain good overall health throughout their lives.

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