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Monday, February 18, 2013

How To Avoid Sudden Death...Cardiologist

Many reasons — albeit unofficial — has been adduced for her death. For one, an artiste friend of hers, Denrele Edun, who reportedly rushed her to the hospital when she collapsed suddenly upon arrival from the United States where she had attended the Grammy Awards, said she died of pneumonia.

The doctors claimed that she died before arrival at the Reddington Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos and therefore could not volunteer the cause of death. While there has also been a reference to blood clot, an unidentified source said she died of drug overdose, which her British widower, Andrew, has denied.

Whatever was the cause of Goldie’s death, one thing is certain: she died suddenly.

According to Consultant Cardiologist in private practice in Lagos, Dr. Victor Adeleke, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome or Sudden Death Syndrome is an umbrella term used for the many different causes of cardiac arrest in young people from their teens to early 30s.

He explains that inheritance may be a factor, depending on the underlying syndrome, while some conditions are due to genetic disorders and some are acquired as a result of exposure to certain medications.
Again, he says, it is advisable for family members to undergo electrocardiogram ECG screening if there have been any young person’s sudden death in the family, or if a young family member is suffering from symptoms of chest pain that may be exercise-related, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness or fainting. 
He concluded with the following tips.

Tips to beat sudden death

•Quit smoking.

•Improve cholesterol levels.

•Control high blood pressure.

•Get active and do exercises.

•Eat right.

•Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

•Manage stress and anger.

•Control diabetes.

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