How Does Sepsis Cause A Heart Attack?

Those with sepsis and heart problems may be asking, how does sepsis cause a heart attack? Sepsis is considered to be one of the most painful health conditions known. The presence of sepsis in the body causes a multitude of health concerns as the bacteria eat away at the existing organs. Actually, since stress is a factor in most heart conditions, just knowing that you have sepsis is enough to put a strain on your heart!

  1. Sepsis compromises the immune system. Sepsis is a condition that causes bacteria to eat away at organs. It compromises the immune system as the body tries to fight off the bacteria. The body gradually becomes weak as it is exhausted by its efforts. When the immune system is compromised, this leaves the heart more vulnerable to infection and other issues than it would otherwise be.
  2. Sepsis can cause a heart attack by attacking the organs. As sepsis attacks the organs, each must put all its efforts into its own survival. This means that their actual function is secondary to the body making sure that the organ actually remains intact. When organs are not working properly, it puts a strain on the rest of the body as the rest of the organs and tissue try to pick up the slack for the organ being attacked. If all of the organs are being attacked, this puts a strain on the body overall as it tries to maintain homeostasis while it tries to heal. Heart attacks are caused by a lack of blood flow and/or a lack of oxygen in the blood going to the heart. If the organs are not working properly, the heart is not getting what it needs.
  3. Sepsis can cause blockage. Many organs in the body share the task of cleaning the blood. If the blood is not filtered properly, then buildup begins to take place in the arteries. Arteries carry blood to the heart. When a blockage occurs, the blood is unable to get to the heart, causing a heart attack.
  4. Sepsis can attack the heart directly. Sepsis can cause a heart attack by attacking the actual heart. If the heart is attacked by the bacteria and is unable to function properly, this will cause a heart attack in the individual.


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