Tag "sudden cardiac arrest"

My oldest son, Austin, celebrates his 25th birthday in May. It’s quite a milestone, given that three years ago his heart stopped beating and he collapsed on a softball field. And that’s not even the beginning of his story. Austin’s › Continue Reading

We’ve all read about the rare stories in the news where a teen collapses on a court or field from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). As parents, they shake us to our very core. For cardiologists like me, they haunt us. › Continue Reading

Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that can be life threatening, especially if you don’t know you have it. Some people have no symptoms of the disease. Others have symptoms but aren’t aware that they need to act on them. You › Continue Reading

When our son Ryan was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD), the world as our family knew it was turned upside down. If you didn’t read that part of our story yesterday, please go read it here and then › Continue Reading

Stories of teen athletes suddenly collapsing on the sidelines after exerting physical effort make the news quite a lot. Fortunately, these types of cardiac events don’t happen as often as it may seem. But they do happen. And in fact, › Continue Reading

My son, Jordan (pictured top left), is a typical teenager: he has a messy room, forgets to take out the trash and acts silly. But he is also very loving, honest, and extremely athletic. At four, Jordan started playing basketball › Continue Reading

The functionality of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is complex.  It evaluates the heart rhythm and delivers an electric shock to the heart when it unexpectedly stops. It’s no wonder that an American Heart Association study revealed that only 15 › Continue Reading

It’s a story that we hear too often:  a student athlete shoots a game-winning shot and collapses during the celebration.  In many cases the underlying cause of that fatal collapse is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) caused by an undiagnosed form › Continue Reading

It happens. Sometimes teen athletes collapse after showing no apparent warning signs. It happened to Sarah (Steel) Anderson. She went into cardiac arrest at 12 years old after coming home from a cheerleading camp. While she had never shown signs › Continue Reading

While sudden death in teens is rare, it usually occurs during physical activity such as a sporting event. Since November 2011, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital  have been investigating whether echocardiography should be included as part of screenings to help › Continue Reading