What to do when the “Grim Reaper” arrives! Preventing “sudden death” starts with small things.

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In recent years, the word “sudden death” has begun to enter our consciousness with the unfortunate news of young people dying suddenly after working late at night. Although “sudden death” is scary, it can only be avoided by facing it squarely.

01What is sudden death?

Sudden death, as we know it, is a sudden death, according to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), a person who is usually healthy or appears to be healthy, dies suddenly within a short period of time due to a natural disease, and this so-called “short period of time” is the time from the onset of the disease to the time of death, there is no universally accepted standard, the WHO definition is 6 hours, but there are also some views that it is within 1 hour, 12 hours and 24 hours. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as 6 hours, but there are some opinions that it is within 1 hour, 12 hours and 24 hours.


According to some data, the number of sudden deaths in China is as high as 550,000 per year, which means that every minute there is a Chinese compatriot who suffers from sudden death. Clinically, sudden deaths are categorized into cardiac and non-cardiac sudden deaths, of which cardiac sudden deaths account for 70%-80% of the total number of sudden deaths.

02What causes sudden death?

Generally speaking, patients with a family history of heart disease, patients with coronary heart disease, patients with “three highs” (i.e., high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus) and a large number of smokers, drinkers of poor dietary habits are most likely to die suddenly.


But at the same time, busy work, mental stress, often stay up late, emotional fluctuations, physical exhaustion, will also aggravate the coronary artery pain savage lead to acute myocardial infarction sudden death. As a programmer, how many days and nights to update the product, fix the bugs, not only the hairline crazy backward, but also become “sudden death” high-risk group.

Clinical findings of many sudden deaths, have experienced high-intensity working conditions, some data show that people who work more than 60 hours a week are twice as likely to have an acute myocardial infarction as those who work no more than 40 hours. In addition to the hazards of staying up late for sudden death is also quite obvious, studies have shown that people who do not sleep more than 5 hours a night, the risk of acute myocardial infarction is 6-8 hours of sleep people 2-3 times, in addition to sudden death, hypertension, diabetes, depression and other diseases are also closely related to sleep deprivation.

03What are the signs before sudden death?

What are the signs before sudden deathSudden death is a sudden death, but before the onset of the body will also send a signal to the patient, usually manifested as a faster heart rate, chest tightness, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness of the limbs and so on.


Of course, the above symptoms do not necessarily appear by chance is a sign of sudden death, may be due to mood, tiredness, but if the frequency of more and more frequent, we should pay enough attention.

Especially nowadays, many young people are suffering from different degrees of cardiovascular diseases, like arrhythmia, hyperthyroidism and so on. If coupled with prolonged over-fatigue, late night, it may lead to acute cerebral hemorrhage, cardiac arrest, causing sudden death.

04How to prevent sudden death

Sudden death is scary, but we can change our habits to prevent it and stop it from happening to a great extent.


1. allow yourself to have enough rest time every day, try to maintain 6 hours of sleep.

2. eat a light, low-fat diet, and control the three highs (high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and high blood sugar).

3. smoke less, drink less, and quit when necessary.

4. Exercise in moderation, which can effectively improve physical health and develop cardiorespiratory function.

5. Maintain a good state of mind, learn to release pressure, smooth emotions and avoid anxiety and depression.

Remember that life is above all else, and take care of yourself even if you have a busy life.

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