How Common is Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children

How Common is Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children

June 23, 2021

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death across the United States. It takes approximately 356,000 lives per year. Many people think sudden cardiac arrest can only affect old people or people that are unhealthy. 

Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate. It affects people of ALL ages. 

According to Parent Heart Watch, sudden cardiac arrest is the number one cause of death for student-athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses.  

Often times, when a young person suffers sudden cardiac arrest, it is because of an undetected heart condition. Approximately one in three hundred youth have an undetected heart condition that can put them at risk. Some of those heart conditions include: 

  • • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy 

  • • Long QT Syndrome 

  • • Coronary Artery Anomalies  

  • • Idiopathic Left Ventricular Hypertrophy  

  • • Wolff-Parkinson-White  

Here are some reasons you should get your child’s heart tested: 

• Fainting or seizure  

  • • Chest pain or discomfort during or after exertion 

  • • Racing heartbeat 

  • • Unusual shortness of breath 

  • • Dizziness or lightheadedness during or after physical activity  

  • • Unusual fatigue or tiredness 

  • • Family history of heart disease  

  • • Family history of unexpected death  

  • • Unexplained death of family member under the age of 50 

So, what do you do if you witness someone go into sudden cardiac arrest? How do you help them? If you suspect someone is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, take the following steps: 

It is very important to act immediately if someone is suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Every second that goes by without treatment hurts the person’s chances of survival.  

Sources: 

https://parentheartwatch.org/resources/what-is-sca/