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.