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Heart Disease Awareness: Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Arrhythmias and Pregnancy

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
The Impact of Mental Health on Pregnancy and Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Women

Suddenly, each year, around 350,000 individuals experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. Nearly 90% of these cases result in death. Surprisingly, women account for 40% of these incidents. Men and women may present with different symptoms of heart disease, and the risks associated with sudden cardiac arrest can vary as well.

Nancy Dagefoerde, an advanced practice nurse at OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute, explains that sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, particularly adults over the age of 30. Risk factors such as family history, heart defects, and certain medical conditions can increase the likelihood of experiencing this condition. Dagefoerde clarifies that sudden cardiac arrest is caused by an irregular heartbeat known as an arrhythmia, which stops the heart from beating or loses electrical activity. As a result, there is no breathing or pulse in the affected individual.

Dagefoerde distinguishes between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack, which occurs when there is a blockage in the coronary artery surrounding the heart. While stigma still surrounds mental health issues, more people are seeking treatment for them.

For women considering pregnancy, concerns may arise about continuing medications like Zoloft or Prozac. Sarah Shoemaker, a certified nurse midwife at OSF HealthCare advises women to discuss these concerns with their healthcare provider early on before becoming pregnant. Shoemaker emphasizes that maintaining stability and health for women who have found the right combination of medications is crucial to avoid disrupting their regimen whenever possible.

In cases where medication changes are necessary due to potential side effects or complications during pregnancy, providers may recommend supplements while taking into consideration each patient’s individual needs and circumstances to make the best decision for their well-being.

By Samantha Jones

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