Published: September 28, 2021
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By: Breanna Joseph, Tarleton State University
Hashtags: #cardiacarrest #Education #Heart #heartandmind #Leadership #symptom #symptoms #Training
Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs when the heart stops beating, suddenly and unexpectedly. The heart just stops pumping blood.
This is caused by one of two problems: There may be an electrical problem. For instance, there may be an abnormal electrical pathway, and the rhythm gets interrupted. There may be a structural problem: The heart may be too big, tissues or structures have been damaged or the blood vessels are in the wrong place and other congenital abnormalities. As a result, the heart can’t function properly.
Fortunately, many of these conditions can be treated. Some students will need to take medication. Some may have to quit sports. For the more severe conditions, a student may need a medical procedure, medical device, or surgery. However, most of these conditions are unknown until a student-athlete begins to have abnormal symptoms or collapses during activity!
Let’s consider for a moment what we ask our heart to do. The heart will beat over two billion times during an average lifespan. It will pump 2,000 gallons of blood every day! That’s about 16,000 bottles of your favorite sports drink every single day.