Cardiac arrest, a severe heart condition, can occur anywhere and is characterized by a sudden loss of consciousness, breathing, and cardiac function. Without prompt action, it can be fatal. Continue Reading>>>
Cardiac arrest is also referred to as asystole, heart arrest, or cardiopulmonary infarction. It is important to note that a heart attack, which happens when the heart’s blood supply is blocked, is a separate condition and can also lead to cardiac arrest.
Daily activities such as bathing, showering, or using the bathroom may not seem particularly worrisome. However, these routine tasks can actually put stress on your heart and body, potentially leading to episodes of syncope, cardiac arrest, stroke, or even death. The risk is higher for the elderly and individuals with a history of heart problems. Continue Reading>>>
According to Medicalnewstoday, there are several reasons why cardiac arrest often occurs in the bathroom:
Toilet Straining: Approximately 8-10% of documented cardiac arrests happen while a person is using the restroom. According to healthline Straining to have a bowel movement puts stress on specific muscles in the colon and rectum. It is important to avoid excessive straining during bowel movements.
Changes in Breathing (the Valsalva Maneuver): Straining on the toilet often involves the use of the Valsalva maneuver, a breathing technique sometimes used to manage rapid heartbeats. However, it should not be used while attempting to have a bowel movement.
Constipation: Studies have shown that cardiac arrests frequently occur in restrooms due to factors such as constipation, early mobility efforts, or the use of drugs like opiates, which can cause constipation as a side effect.
Abrupt changes in Blood pressure: Individuals with high blood pressure should consider factors such as sequential bathing, water temperature, and the time of year. Exposure to cold water can lead to a sudden drop in skin temperature and an increase in sympathetic tone, resulting in an elevation in blood pressure.
It is crucial to be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions, particularly for individuals with underlying heart conditions or other risk factors.
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