Did you know that Sudden Cardiac Arrest does occur in young, fit children? Currently it claims the life of 2-3 kids a week in Australia and these kids are walking around without showing any symptoms of an unknown heart condition.
Many steps for preventing Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) have been identified, beginning with increasing public awareness of SCDY risk factors, cardiac symptoms, and appropriate actions.
Another step is to increase community knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).The young person in this story survived because the people around her knew how to administer CPR and most importantly they had a lifesaving AED at their school.
One of those topics that we might not want to talk about but the more we do, the more we can be educated against the risks and be in a position to respond in an emergency.
Take a minute to ask at your childs school or their sports club – do they have an AED on hand?