Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

A cause of death among teens in the U.S.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is not a heart attack It is an abnormality in the heart´s electrical system that abruptly stops the heartbeat When this occurs blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs causing loss of consciousness and often seizure-like activity It is fatal in over 90 percent of cases if not properly treated within minutes.

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Among teens in the U.S:

  • 1 in 350 have an underlying heart condition that can put them at risk for SCA
  • 1 in 500 people in the general population are affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) the #1 identifiable cause of SCA in young people
  • 1 young athlete dies every 3 days in the US of SCA from an undetected heart condition

SCA is the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes and the second leading cause of disease-related fatalities in youth.

Sudden cardiac arrest strikes the young and old alike, often without any signs or warnings.

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