Monday, January 16, 2012

Scuba Diver, 40, Succumbs from Cardiac Arrest in Australia

A scuba diver, 40, from Victoria, was diving in shallow water with a friend off Long Point, near Merimbula Wharf, in New South Wales when he suddenly seems to go into cardiac arrest at roughly 1100 hours on earlier today (January 16).

Although his friend and diving partner was able to get him out of the water and call for an ambulance, the man was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

COMMENT: The man's identity has not been released as yet, pending notification of next-of-kin. He resided in Mornington, southeast of Melbourne.

Many of our readers may recall that I was a competitive runner for most of my adult life, only to have to face my genetic history in 2005, when I underwent open-heart surgery to replace an aortic valve and have a quadruple-bypass.

Since then, I have urged all men and women over 40 to have a complete cardiovascular evaluation, including a stress test, blood studies, heart scan and carotid ultrasound, if for no other reason to benchmark their health and head off any "surprise" cardiovascular events.

Sadly, the majority of men are the worst when it comes to being proactive about their health. Just because we "feel good" and are active does not mean that bad things are not going on inside our bodies.

Unfortunately, active people die every day from cardiovascular events simply because they did not face their family history, ignored medical symptoms and/or assumed they were "fine," just because they felt good.

This case will be updated as information becomes available.

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