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Sudden Death Due To Exsanguination Alcoholism
It depends on the: Cause of death. It may be entirely normal if death is due to aspiration or respiratory depression. With death due to alcoholic liver disease the terminal event is typically bleeding to death due to ruptured esophageal varices from portal hypertension. Again the bilirubin may be normal.
Thickened heart: The most common cause of sudden death in elite athletes in the US is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is a rare condition of the actual muscle of the heart becoming so large and thick as to obstruct outgoing blood flow. Because outgoing flow is reduced the heart must work even harder to pump blood to supply oxygen to the body.See 1 more doctor answer
Never: Pacs and pvcs never can cause sudden death which is due to ventricular fibrillation or asystole. The substrate for those is serious, underlying structural heart disease such as occurs during or after heart attacks or with rare congenital diseases (like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or long qt syndrome).
Ectopy: Benign type ventricular ectopy in an otherwise normal heart rarely is associated with sudden death. If the situation changes so that the previously benign ectopy continues to exist but now within a diseased myocardium, the situation is altered.
I am sedentary, obese, have high bp, scared of sudden death. Are my chances of sudden death over 30%? I stay chronically stressed and have anxiety.
Risk of sudden death: Assessing the risk of sudden death is a serious process and can not be done based on a few words. A careful evaluation is required. You have identified some important areas of concern about your health, and you should have a medical doctor guide you into better shape. Get a consult here on HealthTap or see a doctor in person to get started and get all your questions answered.See 1 more doctor answer
I have had my heart tested up and down. Ekgs and ecgs. Should I count myself lucky and stop worrying about sudden death? All normal tests but a tach.
Ecg: That tach should be determined, were they able to get your egg with an event recorder during the tach episodes? How were your holters?See 1 more doctor answer
Can vtach in a structurally normal heart, still cause sudden death? Been having episodes of many pvcs that may be vtach, but Dr doesn't seem concerned
Yes: Vtach can be lethal. Get a second opinion- cardiology.
I have just been diagnosed with severe central sleep apnea - idiopathic. Is this likely to lead to sudden death or will treatment options markedly i'?
Improved Health: You are on the road to improving your health and minimizing risks for life shortening factors. Carefully consider the treatment recommendations for your particular condition and definitely implement them completely. In no time you will feel the difference in improved energy and strength and be well on your way to the vibrant life you have been waiting for!See 1 more doctor answer
I keep reading of sudden death during exercise like heart failure, it concerns me, but does worrying about it increase my chance of it happening to me?
So many: Commonly a blocked artery can cause sudden death, but also an old heart attack that caused scarring of the heart muscle or weak heart can predispose to sudden death. Also sudden death can occur in patients with genetic abnormality that cause the heart to be enlarged. Sudden death can occur with anomalies of coronary or with genetic abnormality that cannot be detected by echo or EKG.See 1 more doctor answer
Grief: These events force us to recognize that anyone -- young or old, healthy or sick -- can die at any time. This is a milestone of maturity. It makes us appreciate the time we have together. During the grief process, your mind and body will feel different. If the changes last more than a few weeks or are disabling, your physician can be your guide -- a brief course of talk rx generally works.
Varies: It's impossible to give a straight forward answer to this question due to the amount of confounding factors that could be involved. However, the most common cause of sudden death in athletes is a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is relatively rare and is estimated to cause death in less than 100 competitive athletes in the US every year.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Thankfully, this is less common than it once was. A review of the circumstances can be conducted by any pathologist. Good luck.
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