Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition where the heart unexpectedly ceases to function.
Extreme fatigue associated with exercise.
Chest pain/shortness of breath during exercise.
Fainting or seizure.
º SCA is the #1 cause of death in student athletes, #2 medical cause of death for youth under 25, and the leading cause of death on school campuses
º SCA occurs suddenly and often without warning 95% of SCA victims die because help was not administered in minutes
º In the US a young athlete dies every 3-5 days
º 1 in 300 youth screened are found at risk for SCA
º SCA is preventable
º Active youth are at greater risk for SCA
º 72% of youth stricken by SCA had at least one symptom before the event, but did not recognize it as life threatening
º Family history is a contributing factor
º SCA survival depends on people nearby calling 911, starting CPR and using an AED (automated external defibrillator)
º October is National SCA Month
º Heart screenings are not typically part of standard check-ups or pre-participation sports physicals. Get tested anyway!
º An electrocardiogram (ECG) has the potential to detect heart problems and save lives
º You may also request an echocardiogram (echo) which is an ultrasound of the heart