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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


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