Saturday, March 30, 2013

Is Your Student Athlete at Risk? Q&A

As a mom of a student athlete I felt like this was important to share.  Sudden heart failure in student athletes is one of them things that makes this Mama's heart just sink. You've seen it on the news someones child just drops  right there on the field.  It's terrifying. Any parents worse nightmare.

If defibrillation is administered within one minute of collapse, the survival rate for sudden heart failure goes up 90 percent. “Timing is key to survival. Waiting even 10 minutes to defibrillate drops the chances of survival to 10 percent,” says John Lynn Jefferies, MD.

I did not know.  

If we know the risks we can learn how to prevent and save.

Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:
1. Family history of sudden death.
2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
3. Family history of arrhythmia's or heart muscle disease.
4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball, hockey and football).
5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity).

If this information left you with questions and wanting to learn more then plan on attending  The Q and A  which takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD. The Q&A is FREE and is being brought to you the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Partner's Hub.

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