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27th February, 2018
Sridevi passes away: What factors contributed to her tragic death?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Actress Sridevi passed away at the age of 54 years due to sudden cardiac arrest on Saturday. While her family (actor Sanjay Kapoor) has said that she had no history of heart disease, a Facebook post and Whatspp message is being circulated that blames her untimely death on plastic surgeries and other cosmetic procedures she may have undergone in an effort to ward off signs of aging and look young.

The post, whose authenticity cannot be verified says “Society demanded that she stay slimmer/look younger than a40-year-old and hence, the continuous surgeries. When I met her about 5 years ago, she was beautiful but a sad version of that self that we loved so much in a movie like Chandni. What a lot of pressure to keep her weight down, to make sure that her face had no wrinkle lines....continuous clinic visits in Southern California”.... read more

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It is possible to save lives in instances of a witnessed cardiac arrest provided bystanders are trained in the technique
New Delhi, 26 February 2018: Statistics indicate that in India, the deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are more than those from diabetes, road accidents, and dementia, combined. Many renowned personalities have passed away due to sudden cardiac arrest, former president, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and former union minister and TMC MP, Mr Sultan Ahmed. The most recent being actress Sridevi, who passed away on Saturday following a cardiac arrest.
A witnessed cardiac arrest is different from an unwitnessed event. The chances of survival are higher in a witnessed cardiac arrest if a hands-only CPR is done by the bystander within the first 10 minutes. There is no indication of a CPR being administered to the actress within the stipulated interval. In the case of Dr Kalam, apparently, the CPR was done after 7 minutes of his collapse. No such information is available for Mr Ahmed.
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