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short, painful, or sudden death OR prolonged multiple disease with constant pain, which is worse?


What do you think is worse, dying a painfully slow death so that family and friends have time to denonstrate thier love, Or a short painful or sudden death? I seruiusly have given this a great deal of thought. I believe long multiple severe prolonged illness is THE WORST!
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This is such a difficult question.

I have know freinds who went several ways.

The greatest trauma to the most people was a young man who died suddenly.

After that was the unexpected death of a young child

But although the most drawn out death occurred with someone I cared deeply about she had had a long and productive life. We wanted her pain to end more than we wanted her to stay with us. When she did go we had the relief of knowing she is no longer suffering.

Of my friends who did have drawn out suffering I can say that a few of them were talked of by the medical Staff who cared for them, and other patients. Those friends were Christians, and the Staff were impressed with their calm and dignity. Even when the pain at the end was considerable.

I would prefer to go quickly and with minimum fuss, but sometimes that creates a feeling of greater loss. Like the difference of pulling the cork out of a bottle or easing it out.

Sometimes though illness is undignified - no matter what way we look at it. But in a slower death we can give more time to God to work through us. Then there is that rare occasion when God moves to heal us of big problems.

For a mother I would say... one of the births may take longer and be more painful, but your love wipes that away after.

My hopes and prayers are that you stop suffering. but I can assure you that to this day you still touch other peoples lives in ways you would not if your health was better. You are worthy of friendship.

God's peace to you, friend



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is it true that sudden cardiac death happens in people with prior heart attack 80 percent of the time?


so if this is true, healthy people (who did not have heart attacks in the past) should worry less?

should every single man, woman, and child, regardless of health condition get a pace maker to prevent this horrid condition?
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what are the odds of having or getting Sudden Adult Death Syndrome?


Just want to know if its 1 in a 1,000 1 in a 1,000,000 or what
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What is an injury a little boy could get from playing baseball that would result in sudden death?


I'm writing a story and i really need a sporting injury that would be fatal as soon as it happened. anything? Medical terms please
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Commotio cordis, strike to the chest at the perfect timing of the cardiac cycle causing the heart to fail. Fatal if not treated with an AED in a matter of minutes  (+ info)

Is it possible to get Sudden Death Syndrome in adulthood, or are people only born with it?


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and if yes, how do you get it?
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What are the most frequent sudden infant death causes, is there any technology to prevent them?


They think a lot of it is due to suffocation. This is supported by teh fact that back sleeping has greatly reduced SIDS. Plus, the risk decreases around 4 and 6 months, when babies are getting better neck control and then learning to roll. But no one knows for sure how to prevent it.

They now advocate putting baby on their back to sleep and not having any sheets/blankets/toys in the crib. Even bumpers can be a suffocation hazard. If you use them, tie them on tight, or get "breathable" mesh ones.

A recent study also showed that having a window open or a fan on can reduce the risk of SIDS because of the moving air. Pacifiers are also supposed to reduce the risk, presumably because if a baby's mouth is full of pacifier, they can't inhale/sufficate on their bedding. Finally, secondary smoke can increase the risk of SIDS, so keep your baby away for exposure to that.

Several stores sell "wedges" that are supposed to keep your child in a safer sleeping position. These have not been shown to actually reduce SIDS, however.

The best thing you can do to prevent SIDS is ALWAYS put your baby on their back to sleep. Otherwise, sadly, there isn't much you can do.....  (+ info)

i have a morbid fear of sudden death and its ruling my life?


any ache twinge or pain i am convinced its going to kill me.how can i relax and change this train of thought.
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your life is mapped out for you stop worrying an just get on with your life it is a joy to be alive ................  (+ info)

Does anyone have any stories about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?


I am working on a fundraising/ raising awareness project I was curious as to how S.I.D.S has affected you or anyone that you know?
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A friend of my mothers had a baby that died from SIDS. It happened 35years or so ago but till this day she still mourns the loss of her baby. I was 10 when she told me and I could not understand how a baby could die for no known reason. When I had my twin girls I was so afraid that I would lose them to SIDS and then I really understood her pain. When my twins were born another mother in the ward across from my ward lost her baby from SIDS. 2 days after the baby was born.  (+ info)

Can an otherwise healthy adult experience Sudden Death Syndrome?


YES!!! Fortunately, the most common cause, Torsades de Pointes Ventricular Arrhythmia, is easily diagnosed by measuring the QT interval using an electrocardiogram (ECG).

Some folks are born with congenital Long QT Interval and may not ever be diagnosed.

Ask your GP to do an ECG during your next regular checkup. It's easy, they stick these little foam bandaid things with wires on you and record about 10 seconds worth of heart beats.

Certain drugs can cause long QT Intervals and sudden death. These include the antibiotics Clarithromycin and Erythromycin; the psychiatric medications Haloperidol, Thioridazine and Chlorpromazine; anti-arrhythmia meds Quinidine, Procainamide and Disopyramide (!); and even a GI stimulant/heartburn med called Propulsid®.

A case could be made that if you're on one of these drugs, then you aren't "otherwise healthy." I will concede on that point. :-)  (+ info)

How is a heart attack different from “sudden cardiac death”?


Heart attack: The death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. The loss of blood supply is usually caused by a complete blockage of a coronary artery, one of the arteries that supplies blood to the heart muscle. Death of the heart muscle, in turn, causes chest pain and electrical instability of the heart muscle tissue. http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3669
sudden cardiac death. A natural disaster hits, the power goes off and the lights go out. It's a common scene that plays out during hurricane and tornado seasons, and it's very similar in trying to explain sudden cardiac arrest. The heart sustains an insult, the electricity is short circuited, the heart can't pump, and the body dies. http://www.medicinenet.com/sudden_cardiac_death/article.htm  (+ info)

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