Cardiac arrest in teens on the rise
Dr. Marc Siegel explains
- Duration 4:10
- Date Sep 9, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel explains
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Back after doctors are really important issue because it's a new effort to try and protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest you know when this happens.
It's an -- that claims up to 7000.
That's right 7000 young lives a year.
The lawmakers are urging coaches and students to learn the possible symptoms.
Have to Siegel spoke to a teen and his mother who said the screening did save his life.
I didn't know when it was a photo resist you know the journal Leonard.
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You could have been a young man that you hear about proved playing basketball shots -- was no existing -- -- -- And -- really hear about these cases as as the mother just said when they're on the basketball -- in the field and suddenly a young man or woman.
And it has a tragic ending out of -- conference.
Well Eric you heard Joseph Harrington he had something called WP W which is an arrhythmia an unusual heart rate.
You heard him talk about it thinking it was -- or adrenaline or something that's the problem.
You could have shortness of breath you could have dizziness you can have a rapid heart rate you can feel -- or fifty do you think it's just from -- engaging in sports.
But Pennsylvania is doing something about this representative Mike verb just got a law -- there were coaches have to look online take of course on this speak to parents.
Get involved with a conversation in the kids are not feeling well they got to get screened.
We also need more defibrillators on the court -- the studies that show if you use a defibrillator within the first minute you can save a person's life.
Here's the biggest problem -- the problem is that.
Of those 7000 that have -- -- care cardiac arrest every year the vast majority don't know they have a problem.
But they may have some of these symptoms so we're gonna lose some but we got to zero in on these symptoms and get these -- -- and I want to along Pennsylvania all around exhorted.
Parents or an hour watching who have young man a young child.
A woman if you know about to take the football field this year or soccer should every -- -- -- I personally believe that every kid should see their pediatrician before they get on and what -- that screening well that's just a controversy that's the controversy I would do any KJ I think that's cheaper and easier and I think you can pick up a lot of things on any -- and an examination and a blood pressure -- -- -- history.
Most of these problems can be picked up by history picture.
Well finally I mean I am I said -- did an amazing job with -- and it's great that we're bringing this as an awareness for a lot of parents want -- your child goes to school and will never come back so this is it.
And the truth is exactly whose symptoms are masks because all what are we talking about retirement shortness of breath.
Rapid heart great museum fatigue and tired guess what after a football game you're gonna have all of those symptoms -- -- I need to know that you have a problem.
And I think given the EKG test across the board if you're going to be a real athlete and play these sports as a way to go you're talking about a hundred dollars.
And a lot of this has to do we -- thickness of the heart.
Something called hyper -- -- my opportunity there is some -- The issue -- electricity is circuit up Apollo.
That can be detected early -- so I think that's really important having a defibrillator.
By this field is absolutely the way to go but I think this important issue.
Doctor Siegel how important is hydration for kids playing sports because you're talking about -- detect a problem in advance what do you hand your child before they go play a sport.
There could be helpful.
That's hugely important because kids get dehydrated and especially if they're in the heat -- they don't know the humidity.
Not just water I tell them to replace electoral and to look towards solutions like you generate things like that are really really important.
And David's point by the way about structural heart disease that's where it's coming from a lot of times of -- -- -- hard.
You have an abnormal heart that can be picked up by physicians who are looking for once they kick you off the field in Pennsylvania than not gonna let you back on again.
Until you're sure you're okay like drew her to -- you have.
-- have parents pay attention may be KG talk to -- and zero attention to those symptoms gradual but that's okay analysts say could talk a kid into any KG.
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