It would appear as though stress and sudden cardiac arrest would go hand-in-hand. And you wouldn’t be wrong for thinking that. But it’s what kind of stress that puts people at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest that may surprise you. Most people assume that a highly stressful work environment is an express lane to the disease but not necessarily.
In fact, stress can come in the form of your living situation, the type of events you attend and the type of events you can never plan for.
For example, a position paper by the National Heart Foundation of Australia revealed that the following conditions could have a major impact on heart disease that might lead to cardiac arrest, including those who:
- Have had a prior heart-related emergency and live alone
- Experience natural disasters
- Frequently attend sporting events
- Experience the death of a loved one (sometimes referred to as “broken heart syndrome”)
Surprised? We’re not telling you to give up your season tickets to sporting events for fear of a health risk to your heart, mind you. But what many of these symptoms have in common is that they have a sudden surprise that can do a number on the heart.
What you’ll also notice is that chronic job stress is not listed among these culprits. That’s because the research behind the paper found that there was just no evidence as of yet that there is a strong link between job stress and heart problems. It’s more about the factors that spring forth as a result of the stressful job – smoking and unhealthy eating are two such examples. The job itself is not the high-risk factor that many would think it is.
Know Your Stress Triggers
A lot of things in life can “set you off” but if you take the time to understand what they are and when they most frequently happen, you can begin to bring down the occurrences of such stress triggers. Do you feel stress when you’re alone and have no support system nearby to speak about the emotions and racing thoughts you’re having? What causes you to blow your top and yell at a co-worker or family member? When does binge eating or lighting up a cigarette occur most frequently?
Getting in touch with these triggers of your stress can help you gain better control at home and at work proactively. Can it prevent sudden cardiac arrest? Maybe, maybe not. But the steps we take to minimize the conditions of sudden cardiac arrest happening can only be a good thing.
It’s also why the proximity to an AED in stressful situations is of the utmost importance. Your job may not be the direct link to sudden cardiac arrest but nonetheless, you want to have a device closely at hand in your workplace and training in CPR and AED operation so that anybody can take swift action toward someone who has collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest.
At SOS Technologies, we can give your workplace the kind of training that transforms employees into better first responders. Let’s talk today about how our CPR and AED training can teach your entire team how to save a life when it matters most. Because no matter what the cause, sudden cardiac arrest demands action within 10 minutes.
By the way, what are you doing in the next 10 minutes? Calling us at 888.705.6100 to arrange for a training session on-site is a great way to spend it. And during Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, with the specials we have to save on AEDs, batteries and pads, your timing to call couldn’t be better.