How To Know If Your Child Is At Risk For Sudden Heart Failure

How To Know If Your Child Is At Risk For Sudden Heart Failure

Most people have heard of a student who suddenly dies playing a sport and the family finds out he or she had a heart defect that they didn’t know about before.

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.

We want to do what we can to help shed light on this issue.

PartnersHub is working with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a free live Q and A to help active families understand the risk factors of sudden heart failure in student athletes.

This is a free, live, on-line Q and A where you and your readers 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.

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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).

ABOUT:Cardiomyopathy and Advanced Heart Failure
Cincinnati Children’s is a national leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of all forms of pediatric and adult cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure. Our knowledge of the underlying genetic basis of cardiomyopathy and how it affects the heart informs our early detection and intervention therapies. Because of the genetic basis of cardiomyopathy, our experts treat multiple generations of families.