School holds ‘Sudden Cardiac Death Screening’
One of the most important gifts we can give ourselves or someone else doesn't require a shopping trip, wrapping paper or even a bow.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, Minneota Public School will be hosting an all-important Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Screening held by Screening America during school hours for those ages 12-34.
Even though it's seldom talked about, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affects 9,500 youth annually in the United States, and 95 percent of the victims die.
SCA is also the second-leading medical cause of death of those under the age of 25. An $89 screening fee includes Limited Echocardiogram, 12 Lead ECG, health history, blood pressure check and is reviewed by a local Board Certified Pediatric Cardiologist.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in youth is the leading killer of student-athletes and the number one cause of death in school campuses. SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
When this occurs, oxygen-rich blood ceases from flowing to the brain and other vital organs, causing loss of consciousness or seizure-like activity in a matter of seconds. SCA is not considered a heart attack.
A heart attack is caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart and is typically a condition that affects those over age 35. Young hearts that suddenly stop beating is caused by a structural or electrical problem.
Some youth are born with this condition, or it develops as they grow. Often, SCA gets overlooked because comprehensive cardiovascular assessments are not a standard part of youth health care.
Some of the warning signs of SCA is:
•Fainting or seizure during or after a physical activity.
•Feeling dizzy or light-headed.
•Palpitations, racing or irregular heart beat.
•Unusual shortness of breath.
•Family history of heart abnormalities.
•Unexpected death of a family member under the age of 50.
Those interested can pre-register at www.screening-america.com or by calling 605-274-2525.
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