Most of us don’t think children have heart problems, but did you know that 2,000 children of all ages die each year from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States? It is responsible for up to 5% of all deaths in children from 5 to 19 years old. That is just one such heart problem and there are more. Read further to learn the most common signs of heart problems in children and teens.
When your heart beats abnormally or irregularly it is known as arrhythmia. A normal heart beat pumps blood throughout your body and all its organs, but untreated arrhythmia can have serious consequences. Knowing these 6 warning signs of heart arrhythmia can you or your child’s life.
Sudden cardiac arrest is rare in young people, but it can happen. The CDC estimates that 2000 seemingly healthy young people under the age of 25 die each year of sudden cardiac death. CPR and AED training could save your child’s life.
According to a CDC obesity report, childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. While there are many contributing factors, many experts agree that children do not get enough exercise. Increasing physical activity can boost your child’s heart health and reduce the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
A young athlete participating in organized sports or heavy exercise dies from sudden cardiac arrest every 3 days in the United States. Put another way, that is less about 100 young athletes per year.
No matter how you consider these statistics, it’s devastating if it’s your child. The media will often cover these sad stories because they are so, seemingly, rare. No doubt you have read about these tragedies and wonder why they happen.
Let’s review the causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, and how they can be prevented.