A study published recently claims that leading a healthy lifestyle can curb the risk of a sudden cardiac death. This study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and it outlines the importance of having a healthy lifestyle such as not smoking, exercising regularly, keeping weight under control and maintaining a healthy diet.
Sudden cardiac death kills almost 250,000 to 310,000 people every year in the USA only. It is different from heart attacks since it is the abrupt stoppage of the heart because of problems in the heart's electrical impulses.
The study has evidence that women who did not smoke, had a healthy BMI of less than 25, had regular exercise and maintained a heart healthy diet were 92% less likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest compared to women who did not follow this lifestyle.
According to Stephanie E. Chiuve, study researcher at Brigham and Women's hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, they were not surprised at how these factors influenced the prevention of sudden cardiac death because the effects of a healthy lifestyle were well documented in the prevention of other heart diseases and cancers also.