NBC Today Tackles Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

NBC Today discusses the risks that our children take when they step on the playing field.  Sudden cardiac arrest is killing thousands of children.  What should we do to prevent these deaths? There is a debate about whether we should provide a simple ECG exam to young athletes like they...

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The Untimely Grief of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Its young, vital victims make it especially cruel. By Silvio Laccetti, Philadelphia Inquirer Sudden cardiac arrest in young people is among the most insidious of silent, deadly diseases. According to experts, as many as 7,000 Americans die from it each year. Losing a young son or daughter, as many do...

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Top Athletes Struck Down by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

NPR by Joe Neel The sudden death of several prominent young athletes has drawn attention to the problem of silent heart disease. Studies are under way to determine who is at risk. The problem of undetected heart disease in young athletes came to prominence in 1990 with the death of...

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How Enlarged Hearts Go Undetected

The sudden, unexpected death of a young athlete — like that of Gaines Adams, the Bears defensive end who died of cardiac arrest on Sunday, or Jeron Lewis, the Southern Indiana basketball player who died last Thursday — brings with it a special kind of trauma that reaches beyond the...

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