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Cardiac-induced death that occurs within 1 hour after the onset of symptoms is called sudden cardiac arrest (sudden cardiac death). Sudden cardiac arrest, unfortunately, is still a very common condition today, and every year 450 thousand people in the world lose their lives due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Turkey Medicals member and Turkish Cardiologist Doctor in Antalya,  shared ways to protect against this danger, noting that on average every 80 seconds a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest.

The most common cause that leads to sudden cardiac arrest is heart attacks, which are blockages in the heart vessels that we call coronary artery disease. Other causes are severe arrhythmias caused by disorders of the heart.

More causes include anomalies in the congenital heart vessels, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), Brugada syndrome (a kind of electrical heart problem), long QT syndromes (congenital or may be due to medications), a clot in the lung.

Are there any symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest?

Especially serious rhythm disturbances can develop suddenly, without giving any symptoms in advance. If it is caused by blockage of the heart vessels or if there is a dysfunction of the heart muscle that we call cardiomyopathy, complaints such as chest pains, shortness of breath, palpitations, feeling like fainting or fainting are markers that tell us that this may be a serious condition.

Does it have a Genetic transition?

Is there a genetic transition? Of course, it should be considered that there may be a genetic predisposition in those who develop sudden death in their family at an early age, and it is recommended that these people protect themselves from such a negative situation by conducting a cardiac examination in advance, conducting examinations.

Can lifestyle lead to sudden death?

We can say that a particularly sedentary lifestyle in Turkey is risky for sudden death. Inactivity can lead to obesity, raise our blood fats, and therefore lead to blockages in our heart vessels.

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to the development of clots in the veins of the balls of the legs, which can lead to clots in the lungs. Especially people with a tendency to coagulation are even more at risk for this condition.

“Who has a tendency to clot?” if we say that we can say those who have genetic diseases in Turkey that cause some coagulation disorders, those who are obese, smokers, those who remain very still, pregnant women, those who have Covid-19.

If we have a genetic predisposition, if there are those who die early in the family, we must necessarily undergo a cardiac examination in Antalya and Istanbul hospital or clinic and not interrupt at certain intervals.

What causes cardiac arrest, is there a way to prevent this danger?

We should stop smoking.

We should be careful not to gain weight, avoiding excessive fatty (especially fats) and carbohydrate nutrition, paying attention to our eating, drinking habits, and regularly do exercises such as fast walking for at least 4-5 days a week.

Water and electrolyte losses can be triggered by sweating, especially in summer, and cardiac arrhythmias can be triggered. Therefore, it may be good for us to eat 20-50 grams of dried nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, every day to maintain our electrolyte balance. It should be remembered that in the summer we need as much as 2.5-3 liters of water per day.

If our blood pressure is high, we must definitely take it under control. If the blood pressure is left uncontrolled, it can insidiously cause heart failure, hardening of the heart vessels, and lead to blockages. For this reason, it is important that we restrict salt to control our blood pressure.

If we have diabetes, we should not leave it untraced, we will have done a great job in maintaining cardiovascular health by controlling our blood sugar well.

Especially if we have reached the age of 40 in men and 45 in women, it will be good for us to undergo a cardiac examination in Antalya and Istanbul hospitals annually to understand our current condition and take the necessary measures.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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