Why Do Healthy People Suddenly Drop Dead?

Welcome to a glorious Saturday play day! I hope you've got some outdoor recreation planned - after all we don't stop playing because we've grown old- we've grown old because we've stopped playing!

Have you noticed of late there are an increasing number of reports of young healthy athletes suddenly deceased during their event, and in some cases doing nothing strenuous at all? How about the healthy ones who get sick by flu and succumbing to the illness? Otherwise reported by medical investigations to be fit and healthy? How can this be so?

Often when a sudden event coming from inside the body is that catastrophic to end life there are only a couple of medical reasons for this happening - a vascular rupture has occurred or a nervous system (brain or heart conduction) has misfired in response to a vascular event or other circumstance.

The current medical model of  assessment of what is healthy needs an overhaul in my and many medical practitioner and integrative medical practitioners' opinions. For a healthy person to have a fatal vascular event and in the same breath be assessed as healthy - tells me  we need to set new parameters for what is and what isn't healthy.

Here are some of the known contributing factors to a potentially fatal vascular event occurring and some assessment tips to go home with:

1.  Vessel fragility - if the walls are fragile they will break. Just like any flexible tube - if it's exposed to enough environmental damage (inflammation, nutrient depletion, oxidative stress from chemicals and heavy metals) - it will eventually break open and leak.

2.  Too much angiotensin being produced:not enough nitric oxide to protect the vessel and reverse the angiotensin rise.  Angiotensin is a hormone that your body produces under emotional and physical stress and can increase your blood pressure. Nitric oxide is produced under exercise but also in the presence of certain nutrients.  Although exercise is protective, too much can be inflammatory - it's about recovery and balance.   Contact me for a list of these nutrients.

3.  Plaque formation - yes cholesterol can be a problematic contributor, but we are looking at it with a small view. It's not enough to look at a test result after your blood has been through a machine to come up with a LDL/HDL reading. We need to start looking at the particle sizes and numbers to determine a healthy balance between the two. Even elevated ('protective') HDL is a marker for danger recent research will tell us. Plaque forms under inflammatory damage as part of the repair process. Best to start looking there.

4.  Blood pressure and pulse  irregularities - many practitioners do not routinely check both arms and also ankle pulses. A simple yet thorough check of these with mathematical differences taken to assess potential issues, is often an early sign that something is up. Also many practitioners are taking blood pressures incorrectly which can contribute to an incorrect reading and reflection of what is going on. Contact me for a handout on how a blood pressure should be taken correctly - you can rock up and get yourself into position to help arrive at an accurate reading.

5.  Erectile dysfunction can herald endothelial (vessel) damage. If you are or know a man who has trouble with erection strength and duration, this can be an early sign other vessels are not working so well.  I don't have a handout for this, but best to check that out so to speak.

Remember - the suddenness of healthy people dropping to the ground never to get up again is an explainable phenomena.  If you're an athlete- you can do so much more to assess your risks. If you're not an athlete, you can too!