Do You Know if Your Athletic Child is at Risk for Heart Failure?

As parents, we take pride and joy in watching our children participate in athletic events. The last thing on our mind while they are making their first touchdown or goal is their risk for heart failure while doing what they love.

It is a real risk though and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is going to hold a live Q & A session online, to help parents understand the risk. Coming from a family with a history of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes, I am thankful for informative sessions like these that provide parents with the information they need to protect their children’s health.

Why You Should Attend the Event

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.

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).

About the Event

What: Find out if your student athlete is at risk for sudden heart failure.

“A small percentage of young athletes are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. While not always preventable, our proactive approach is to help parents identify potential risk factors, such as family heart history, and to provide pre-symptomatic screening. During this live event, our co-hosts, Jeffrey Towbin, MD, and John Lynn Jefferies, MD, will answer questions from you and other families to help you learn the connection between genetics and sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes.”

When: Tuesday April 9, 2013  7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Presenters: Jeffrey Towbin, MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA - A world-renowned expert in pediatric cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death, and he is executive co-director of our Heart Institute and chief of Pediatric Cardiology. Towbin has authored more than 450 manuscripts including the first descriptions of genes causing cardomyopathy, heart failure, arrhythmias and sudden death. John Lynn Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC - The director of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy. A leading expert in cardiovascular genetics, cardiomyopathy and ventricular assist devices, Jefferies has authored more than 70 related peer-reviewed publications.

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