Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – is the most common cause of sudden death in athletes. SCA is an abrupt and unexpected heart malfunction, not to be confused with a heart attack, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. In fact, every hour at least 38 people suffer from a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in the U.S., adding up to more than 300,000 people annually. It can happen to anyone at any time, but awareness of the signs and symptoms and prompt action can save lives.
Former Miss Ohio, Lindsay Davis, has been instrumental in raising awareness about the risk of sudden cardiac arrest among young athletes. Lindsay sought medical treatment after fainting during a dance practice, and was subsequently diagnosed with a heart condition that puts her at increased risk of SCA. Now, she’s on a mission to educate young athletes, coaches and the general public about how to detect and treat this life-threatening heart disorder. In her home state of Ohio, Legislation – known as “Lindsay’s Law” – recently passed calling for coaches to undergo training to recognize and know how to handle symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.
Join Lindsey and Thomas Callahan, IV, MD in their recent interview exclusively for Michigan Mom Living readers explaining their research and story about SCA. Here are a few highlights they shared during that interview:
*Who is at risk for SCA?
*What actually is SCA?
*Is SCA preventable and what treatments are available?
Check out the interview below!
Thomas Callahan, IV, MD, is Staff Physician and Director of Inpatient Services in the Section of Pacing and Electrophysiology of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is also the Associate Program Director for Cleveland Clinic’s cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships. Dr. Callahan received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, OH. He received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and he earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 2003 and completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing. Prior to coming to Cleveland Clinic, he was a resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Chief Resident in internal medicine.
For more information about SCA and treatments, go to www.sicd.com.
Interview is courtesy: Boston Scientific