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--Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

The link below will take you to the most recent pamphlet that has been published in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.  There have been many cases in the news regarding the sudden deaths of young athletes and this will give you some information on the subject.

What is sudden cardiac death in the young athlete?

Sudden cardiac death is the result of an unexpected failure of proper heart function, usually (about 60% of the time) during or immediately after exercise without trauma. Since the heart stops pumping adequately, the athlete quickly collapses, loses consciousness, and ultimately dies unless normal heart rhythm is restored using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Are there warning signs to watch for?

In more than a third of these sudden cardiac deaths, there were warningsigns that were not reported or taken seriously. Warning signs are:

  • Fainting, a seizure or convulsions during physical activity
  • Fainting or a seizure from emotional excitement, emotional distress or being startled
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially during exertion
  • Chest pains, at rest or during exertion