Tragic loss of fitness influencer Larissa Borges highlights risks of double cardiac arrest

Understanding the rare but deadly medical emergency and its associated risk factors


The sudden and untimely death of Brazilian fitness influencer Larissa Borges at the age of 33 has sent shockwaves through social media and the health community. Borges, who was known for her dedication to a healthy lifestyle, tragically passed away after experiencing a double cardiac arrest that left her in a coma for a week. Her family announced her passing on her Instagram account, sharing the heartbreaking news with her followers.

In the statement translated from Portuguese, Borges’ family revealed, “It is with deep sadness that we report the death of our beloved Larissa Borges. Larissa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, the 20th, in Gramado-RS and fought bravely in a coma for a week.” They added that she faced a new cardiac arrest on August 28, which, unfortunately, proved fatal. The loss of someone so young and vibrant has left her family devastated.

Cardiac arrest is a sudden and life-threatening condition characterized by the abrupt cessation of the heartbeat. When not treated immediately, it can result in death. In the case of Larissa Borges, her situation was compounded by a rare and severe medical emergency known as a double cardiac arrest.


A medical expert explained that a double cardiac arrest occurs when both the heart’s atria and ventricles experience cardiac arrest simultaneously. Typically, a cardiac arrest scenario involves an arrhythmia, or an abnormal heart rhythm, occurring in either the atria or ventricles, leading to a loss of efficient pumping motion. However, when both chambers of the heart are affected at the same time, it becomes an especially serious and deadly situation. The heart becomes unable to pump blood adequately, depriving essential organs, including the brain, of oxygen and nutrition.

Double cardiac arrest is an exceedingly uncommon and perilous medical emergency. It typically affects individuals who have existing heart issues or cardiac risk factors. Some common risk factors for cardiac arrest, in general, include:

1. Coronary Artery Disease: People with a history of coronary artery disease or significant heart artery blockages are at higher risk.

2. Heart Attack Damage: Cardiac arrest can result from heart attack damage to the heart muscle and disruption of the electrical conduction system.

3. Family History: A family history of sudden cardiac arrest or certain heart conditions can indicate a higher risk.

4. Lifestyle Factors: Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to heart disease and increase the risk of cardiac arrest.

The expert stressed that some individuals who experience double cardiac arrest have been successfully revived with prompt and efficient intervention, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. Immediate initiation of these life-saving procedures within the first few minutes after the incident significantly improves the chances of survival.

In conclusion, whether it’s a single or double chamber cardiac arrest, the likelihood of survival hinges on early recognition, timely activation of the emergency response system, and swift intervention. The tragic loss of Larissa Borges underscores the importance of understanding the risks associated with cardiac arrest, especially for individuals with pre-existing heart conditions or those with known risk factors. Early detection and prompt action can make all the difference in saving lives threatened by this sudden and deadly medical emergency.