We’ve known for decades that a sudden cardiac arrest can affect anyone, at anytime. But we almost always associate that with older adult males. In fact, a cardiac arrest can affect anyone, and today we’ll learn about heart attacks in young athletes.
Youth Sports & CPR
National CPR & AED Awareness week (June 1-7) is a perfect time to learn more about how to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and the steps you can take if someone around you needs help.
But the time to learn about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and CPR is well before an athletic event takes place. For many sports leagues, CPR training is a requirement for the coaching staff, as heart attacks are on the rise in young athletes. According to this great article from the University of Arizona, “Recent data has shown markedly improved outcomes with use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at youth and college sporting events. So much so that the USA Football Foundation recently stated that all youth athletic programs should strongly consider having an AED on site for practices and games.
During 2000 to 2006 when AEDs were uncommon, long-term sudden cardiac survival rates were only about 11 percent at youth and college sporting events. In 2013, as AEDs became more available, the survival rate reached a remarkable 71 percent, with AEDs used in 85 percent of sudden cardiac arrest cases.”
What is SCA?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It is caused by the immediate loss of electrical heart function, usually from an irregular and rapid quivering of the ventricles (called ventricular fibrillation).
Rarely, the abnormal rhythms can resolve on their own. Usually, though, these rhythms degenerate to ventricular fibrillation (cardiac arrest in which the heart is quivering) or asystole (cardiac arrest in which the heart stops beating). Early emergency treatment with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help restart a stopped heart and allow return of a normal heartbeat to help prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD).
Although SCA is rare in children, it can affect anyone, even those who are physically fit. Each year, SCA claims the lives of over 2,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. and accounts for approximately 3-5 percent of all deaths in children aged 5-19 years. It is also responsible for 10-15 percent of sudden unexpected infant deaths.
How Does HHP Help?
Home Hazard Prevention helps in a variety of ways. Most importantly, we bring our instructors and all the materials necessary for a successful course, to your location on your time frame. The benefits from hiring us are plenty, but most importantly, you get a peace of mind training and awareness. Form actual professionals that use CPR daily, and not someone who is a CPR enthusiast. Since all we hire and utilize are EMS professionals, you get the best training possible. And not just on CPR; we also educate on First Aid, Hydration, injury management, SCA Prevention, Car seat safety, water safety, bee swarms, infant safety, and much, much more. We are here to help you, no matter what your needs and concerns are. Call us today!
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