Over the last 8 years, at least 29 Michigan high school students have died of sudden cardiac arrest.

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The majority of young athletes who die suddenly have previously undetected structural heart disease, most notably, an enlargement of the heart known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

HCM is one of the most deadly heart problems student athletes face. It can often be diagnosed during a pre-participation athletic screening which includes a brief heart exam, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and, if appropriate, an echocardiogram.

According to an Italian medical study, screening athletes with a family and personal history and a 12 lead ECG reduced the rate of sudden cardiac death in Italian student athletes by 89%.

Actions for raising awareness of sudden cardiac death in your athletes include heart screening, making coaches/athletes/parents aware of warning signs and symptoms; having automated external defibrillator (AED) devices available at sports venues; and establishing an emergency response plan that is practiced on a regular basis.

Exercise and student athletics play an important role in the overall health of children. Sudden cardiac death does not occur often, but is tragic when it does.

Statistics of kids screened in the Beaumont program as of July 14, 2011

  • 6,685 students screened
  • 663 required some type of follow-up
  • 41 advised not to play sports until after a follow up with a cardiologist
  • 5 potentially life threatening problems found
  • 1 case of HCM discovered

Statistics from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest kills nearly 300,000 Americans each year
  • 1,000 deaths a day to sudden cardiac arrest
  • 5,000 to 7,000 of the deaths are young people
  • 3,000 fit into the age range of 14-24

This information was provided courtesy of Beaumont Hospital for the Student Heart Check partnership with 97.1 The Ticket.

Comments (2)
  1. jmdenison says:

    The reality is, excessive and overly strenuous cardio leads to arterial scarring and sudden death heart attacks. Parents should NOT encourage their children to undertake high intensity sustain exercise or sports that encompass these modalities.
    Combine this with the fact that the average American, and esp. children are highly deficient in Vitamin C (we can no longer make this vitamin as can all other mammals–dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) via an evolutionary bottleneck, and children are highly deficient in vitamin D3 and they are not tested. Accordingly our cellular structures are very weak to begin with, leaving us vulnerable to heart disease, stroke and cancer (note that animals do not have the diseases we do). Our bodies are more like Ferraris than Chevy trucks. We ingest toxic chemicals in our diets, we spray only 8 to 10 nutriets on our crops when organic composted manures and vegetation contains 90+ nutrients our bodies need, and we wonder why people collapse after exercise.
    the US spends twice as much as the next leading nation on health care, and yet we are 47th in health. something’s gotta change.

  2. jmdenison says:

    We have to start eliminating toxins from our environment and the GMO/Monsanto seed and plants altered to accept and manufacture themselves excessive toxins. For pennies a day, the supplements LypoSpheric Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and fish oils plus probiotics will go a long way to eliminate heart disease, cancer and dementia. hundreds of high school kids die from asthma per year, yet D3 can prevent that for pennies. And I’m not talking about the stuff that’s in your milk. Deficient bodies need about 20,000 IU’s per day to catch up to the cancer, dementia and heart disease prevention levels of 80 to 100 nr/mL you need.

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