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Monday, March 25, 2013

How to know if your student athlete is at risk for sudden heart failure

Have you seen those heartbreaking stories of teen athletes who suffer sudden heart failure during a game or match? The idea of seemingly healthy students who die playing a sport they love is terrifying. We've had several here in Atlanta, and as the mom of a little boy who has played soccer, basketball and other sports, I find myself worrying.

So when I received information about this free live Q and A to help active families understand the risk factors of sudden heart failure in student athletes, I wanted to share it with all of you too. 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 and A takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

***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.***

Additional Facts: 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 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).

Hope you will join us for this important, informative Q & A.  Let's learn how we can  keep our kids safe!  Please RSVP below.


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