What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest & Sudden Cardiac Death?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes while training or participating in sport competition. Even athletes who appear healthy and have a normal pre-participation screening may have underlying heart abnormalities that can be life threatening. SCA is 60% more likely to occur during exercise or sports activity, so athletes are at greater risk. Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs suddenly and without warning. It is caused when the electrical system to the heart malfunctions, resulting in a disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm and the loss of its ability to deliver blood to the body. If untreated within minutes, this abrupt disruption results in Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) which affects more than 7,000 young adults annually.