Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Free Live Q & A on Sudden Heart Failure in Student Athletes

My grandsons are young - four and one year old, so playing on a sports team is not yet something we are particularly thinking about. However, many families are involved in student sports and while for the vast majority of them this is usually a positive experience, as one family in a near-by community experienced a couple years ago, it can also be heart-breaking when sudden heart failure occurs. 

I have a lot of give-aways on grandma's cookie jar and one of the resources for these give-aways is PartnersHub. They typically invite me to review movies and give them away, but I received an email from them on Monday which said, "PartnersHub is working with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a free live Q and A to help active families understand the risk factors of sudden heart failure in student athletes." They asked me to share the following information with my readers . . . 

  • DID YOU KNOW? If defibrillation is administered within one minute of collapse, the survival rate for sudden heart failure goes up 90 percent. “Timing is key to survival. Waiting even 10 minutes to defibrillate drops the chances of survival to 10 percent,” says John Lynn Jefferies, MD.
  • You are invited to a live, on-line Q and A where you can ask questions in real time.  It’s a chance to talk to knowledgeable and experienced doctors and get answers right on the spot. The Q and A takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD.
  • Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:
    1. Family history of sudden death.
    2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
    3. Family history of arrhythmias or heart muscle disease.
    4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball, hockey and football).
    5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity).
If you have grandchildren involved in student athletics, take the time to join in on this Q & A - it could make all the difference in the world for someone you love.

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