Boxing great Muhammad Ali died as a result of sepsis, according to a recent CBS News report. It’s extremely important to learn the warning signs before it’s too late. Surprisingly, sepsis is the ninth leading cause of disease-related deaths.
No one is immune to sepsis, also referred to as septic shock, not even Muhammad Ali. Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control indicates there are more than 1 million reported cases per year in the U.S. alone. Out of those 1 million cases, at least 258,000 individuals die from the severe infection.
Dr. Fredrick Moore, Director of the UF Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center, briefly explained sepsis like this.
“If you have a splinter in your hand, you get a local inflammatory response. You get inflammation and pus, but you don’t get sick. Now, say you get a big infection, you have that same local response, but then you also have a whole body response.”
Certain groups of people are more inclined to be adversely affected by septic shock than others. This includes the elderly, individuals with weakened immune systems, and babies and young children. As you can see, Muhammad Ali fell into two of these categories.
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Sepsis is treatable when diagnosed early. Fluids and antibiotics are typically the first course of action used to reverse the infection. The Sepsis Alliance website goes on to inform visitors that the IV fluids used to combat septic shock are water soluble and contain a variety of minerals. They travel through the body quickly. The antibiotics prescribed, also intravenously, are generally “broad-spectrum.” That means they’re more effective on a broader variety of bacteria.
The Sepsis Alliance website is a fantastic resource if you want to learn more about the cause and warning signs of sepsis. One of the most important things to remember about this severe infection is that it should always be considered a medical emergency. That being said, septic shock needs to be treated as soon as it’s diagnosed. Statistics indicate that the chance of death, resulting from sepsis, increases 7.6 percent for every 60 minutes the condition is left untreated.
As reported by the Inquisitr, shortly after the untimely passing of Patty Duke, there are several warning signs that point to the possibility of sepsis. They are showcased in the photo below.
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One of the most frightening things about sepsis the fact that early symptoms mimic symptoms of the flu. A general feeling of weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and body aches are things to watch out for.
Patty Duke’s death from septic shock generated a whole new level of awareness about the oftentimes deadly medical condition. Shortly after the news of her passing was made public, Google searches for the term “sepsis” increased 800 percent.
Before reading this report, were you aware of the warning signs of sepsis? Were you aware that septic shock was the cause of Patty Duke’s and Muhammad Ali’s death? If you answered no to the first question, why not take the time to visit the Sepsis Alliance website? Learn all you can about this silent and deadly threat. Remember, the more you know about it, the safer you’ll be. Don’t become a sepsis- related statistic like boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
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