The commonwealth Games have started and the elite athletes have gathered in the Gold Coast to show the world what they can achieve.
While some people think that athletes are elite human beings, they are at the same time just that—human beings. They can quickly suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and other heart related issues as others.
In football, there was Marc-Viven Foe, the 28-year-old who was representing his native Cameroon when he slumped in the centre circle of the pitch during a match at the 2003 Confederations Cup. Basketball fans long remember the story of Hank Gathers, a prominent college player who had just scored on a dunk before he collapsed to the floor. There are many other names: the footballer Cheick Tiote, the NBA star Reggie Lewis, baseball pitcher Darryl Kile, figure skater Sergei Grinkov. Their stories are a reminder that cardiac risk affects everyone, even the physically healthy and athletically gifted.
Although rare, sudden cardiac death in athletes is important because of its impact within both the sporting community and the general community.
The widely held perception is that athletes represent examples of health and vitality, so the sudden cardiac death of an athlete can evoke strong emotions and disbelief.
The good news is that a Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested with the immediate use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.
Click here to listen to Professor Christopher Semsarian an internationally renowned cardiologist and scientist studying genetic heart disease and sudden death, speaking about the prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in athletes.