WHAT IS SCA?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) claims nearly 350,000 lives each year.
During sudden cardiac arrest, heart function stops abruptly and without warning. When this happens the heart is no longer able to pump blood to the brain and throughout the body, and the result is death for 95% of the victims.
SCA is the leading cause of death in student athletes. Every year 10,000 young people die from SCA.1 Many appear healthy and have no known family history of heart-related illness. Even though medical tests can detect the presence of heart concerns, insurance companies generally do not cover their costs without the presence of symptoms or a family history of heart problems.
Typically, SCA symptoms are silent until it is too late. As a result, screening is critical to prevention. An EKG and/or an Echocardiogram can detect the potential for SCA with 99% accuracy and many of the problems detected can be treated or corrected. For this reason it is essential that screening be done at an early age.2
Warning signs and symptoms of SCA: 3
• Fainting of seizure during or after physical activity
• Fainting or seizure resulting from emotional excitement, distress or startle
• Chest pain or discomfort/ racing heartbeat
• Unexplained fainting or seizures
• Family history of heart disease
• Unusual shortness of breath
• Unusual fatigue/tiredness
• Dizziness/ lightheadedness during or after physical activity
• Family history of unexpected sudden death during physical activity or during a seizure, or any other unexplained sudden death of an otherwise healthy family member under age 50
Consult a physician promptly if you or someone you know has one or more of these signs and/or symptoms
The Chase Morris Foundation hopes to bring this knowledge and awareness to every family.
1- American Heart Association
2- Heart Rhythm Society
3- Parent Heart Watch