Risk Factors of Seizures

Some risk factors of seizures may include:

  • Breathing: A seizure may cause a person to have pauses in breathing, a condition known as apnea. If these pauses are too long, they can reduce the oxygen level in the blood and become life threatening. During a convulsive seizure, a person’s airway may get covered or obstructed, leading to suffocation. 
  • Heart rhythm: A seizure may cause dangerous heart rhythm or cardiac arrest. 
  • SUDEP: Sudden Death In Epilepsy refers to deaths in people with epilepsy that is not caused by injury, drowning or other known causes. Most cases of SUDEP occur during or immediately after a seizure. Unfortunately, the exact cause is not known.