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5 Common Causes of Sudden Unexpected Death That All Kenyans Should Know

There many diseases which we are aware of and some that we have experienced in our lives or still battling. At some point you must have heard of someone who died suddenly without any warning despite living a healthy life. Well there are some conditions which can lead to unexpected demise and being aware of them might be crucial for your survival.

The following are the five common causes of sudden unexpected death among people:


Arrhythmia is when your heart beats abnormally; which can either be too fast or too slow to support normal functions of the body. It is caused by a dysfunction in the electrical conduction system of the heart that coordinates the rate at which your heart beats. Arrhythmia can be caused by diseases of the kidney, use of drugs that eliminate water from the body also known as diuretics, drinking illicit drugs and heart failure.

Heart attack

Also known as acute myocardial infarction. It occurs when there is a reduced blood supply to the heart muscles hence making them die due to lack of oxygen. This condition is caused by accumulation of fats in the coronary arteries that transport blood to the heart muscles which finally block the blood vessels. The fats accumulate over a long time due bad eating habits e.g. taking a lot of junk foods without exercising.

Bleeding in the brain

Bleeding in the brain can be brought about by bursting of a blood vessel within the brain or obstruction in a blood vessel that takes oxygen there by a blood clot. These conditions are serious and normally result in stroke. In severe cases some die before reaching the hospital. If you have high blood pressure then ensure it is controlled because this can make a blood vessel to rupture in the brain.

Pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism (PE) starts with a blood clot that forms in another part of the body e.g. the leg detaches and moves all the way up and deposits in the blood vessels of the lung. One may then develop shortness of breath, chest pain and cough. Conditions that can put you at risk of developing blood clots include old age, if you underwent surgery recently and staying in one position e.g. bed all the time without moving.

Abnormalities in the aorta

Aorta is the main artery that transports blood from your heart to the rest of the body when the heart pumps. High blood pressure, excess cholesterol in the body and smoking can contribute to formation of pouches (also called aneurysm) on the wall of aorta which makes it weaker. If the aneurysm bursts, it can lead to massive internal bleeding that can result in immediate death.

Point to Note: It’s therefore important to always go for a checkup because some of these conditions never show symptoms until death strikes.

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