Heart Attacks in Youth
January 16, 2012
Heart Attacks in Youth
Headlines across the country are similar to a headline recently in La Center, Washington: Eighth Grader Collapses During First Day of Basketball Practice. Children collapsing during sporting events are becoming fairly common around the country. According to Caldwell (2011), “Studies show that 175 to 233 deaths occur each year among high school athletes” (para. 3). Most individuals are required by state law to pass a sport physical before him or her can even begin the first day of practice. Many individuals have different opinions as to why children are collapsing with ...view middle of the document...
Para 3). Hidden heart defects and overlooked heart abnormalities is rare, but there are precautions one can take if at risk. Currently, all levels of government, heart foundations, and heath associations are in debate over the screening of young athletes, how much screening is necessary, and whether or not to incorporate the use of electrocardiograms. However, according to Mayo Clinic (2011), “The use of an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) during sports physicals could give false-positive results”, causing unnecessary testing and panic (P. 3, para 9).
With many different ideas of why children are collapsing, are the levels of governments really working together at this point? Some groups believe these problems are occurring because of the fat content children consume, instead of a proper diet, or not consuming any fuel during the day before exercise. Langston (2011) states, “a study conducted by the Journal of the American Heart Association found that excessive consumption of sugars as well as soft drinks, has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, higher body weight, and lower intake of essential nutrients” (Langston, 2011. Para 8). The higher fat intake could lead to a great risk of heart disease. “The most common cause of sudden death among individuals 12-32 year olds is Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and the second most common cause is Cogenital coronary artery anomalies” (Pescasio,M.D., 2012).
Public and Community Health
According to MedicineNet.com, public health is defined as “The approach to medicine that is concerned with the health of the community as a whole. Public health is community health” (Public Health, 2012). Communities are the ones trying to find a solution. Whether it is pushing for the electrocardiograms to be part of a sport physical, or push for AED’s to be placed in all schools, it is individuals and community organizations that are stepping up to ensure safety. Many schools are now...