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.