The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is offering a free, live Q&A to help active families understand the risk factors to put a student athlete’s heart at risk of sudden heart failure.
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
This is a free, live, on-line Q and A where you can ask questions in real time. It’s a chance to talk to knowledgeable and experienced doctors and get answers right on the spot.
The Q&A takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD.
Top 5 risk factors for sudden failure in a student athlete’s heart:
1. Family history of sudden death.
2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
3. Family history of arrhythmias 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).
Meredith Smith says
Great article! Love your Additional Facts so much! If you’re an athlete, you’ll need to undergo a medical exam to take part in sports. This exam might not be enough to diagnose a heart condition, so talk to your doctor about your family history and symptoms. Your doctor may order other tests to make sure your heart is healthy enough for sports.
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