Is your teenager at risk for sudden heart failure? As a parent it might not be something you want to think about, but if your son or daughter is playing a sport you should be aware of the risk factors and how to increase their chances of survival if sudden heart failure happens.
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).
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.
Ask The Doctors Questions In Real Time For FREE!
It is not everyday you are able to get your questions answered by doctors for free! However, on April 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST, RIGHT HERE, you can ask Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD in real time any concerns you might have about sudden heart failure. Don’t miss your chance for this important Q and A once in a lifetime event! It just may save your athletes life.
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