Heart for Athletes is a proud member of Parent Heart Watch. Together we are protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Collectively, we have screened nearly half a million youth in 24 states. Fact: 1 in 300 youth have an undetected heart condition that puts that child at risk for SCA. Protect your teen by having them participate in one of our FREE cardiovascular screening events this fall.
We lose thousands of youth each year to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, oxygen-rich blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs, causing loss of consciousness or seizure-like activity in seconds. SCA is NOT a heart attack. That’s a plumbing problem – a blockage that stops blood flow to the heart – and typically a condition that happens over age 35. Young hearts that suddenly stop beating have an electrical or structural problem. Sometimes they’re born with it or it develops as they grow. And lots of times it gets overlooked because comprehensive cardiovascular assessments are not a standard part of youth health care.
What is one way to prevent SCA? Get a cardiovascular assessment at the Heart for Athletes heart screening event at one of our upcoming screening events this fall.
Tuesday, October 3rd – St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope
Tuesday, October 24th – Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile
Tuesday, November 7th – Foley High School
See this flyer for more details on SCA and how parents can protect young hearts.