Hey Mom and Dad, Do You Know Basic Life Support?
In children up to 13 years old, the most common cause of cardiac arrest are undiagnosed birth defects of the heart. That means that kids can be walking around with a subtle heart defect and their parents don’t know about it until cardiac arrest strikes. Sudden cardiac death in the young is under appreciated — 66 young athletes die of cardiac arrest each year.
Cardiac arrest can happen quickly, which is why parents, teachers, and coaches should be prepared and willing to provide basic life support.