Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Young Adults

Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Young Adults

May 3, 2022

Defibtech SCA Youth

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.

SCA Statistics For Young Adults & Athletes

According to Parent Heart Watch, the following statistics apply to sudden cardiac arrest in youth:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 killer of student-athletes.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 cause of death on school campuses.
  • 1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition.
  • Over 23,000 youth are stricken annually by sudden cardiac arrest.

Heart Conditions Associated with SCA

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

Signs Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Youth

Here are some signs that may signify impending sudden cardiac arrest. These are all reasons to get your child's heart checked and invest in an AED in case of medical emergency!

  • 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

How To Help Someone With SCA

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:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Immediately start performing CPR (100-120 chest compressions per minute)
  • Use an AED as soon as possible.

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.