Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What Are The Signs Of This Hidden Killer Of Student Athletes?
On February 05, 2022, Preston Blair Settles of Newton, Massachusetts collapsed while playing in a high school basketball game for Brooks School in North Andover.
The 15-year-old died on February 27, after going into cardiac arrest at Boston Children's Hospital, according to a statement by his family.
Brooks Head of School said they are devastated by the loss. AP "Teen dies weeks after collapsing during basketball game" https://apnews.com (Mar. 01, 2022).
- Although in most cases, sudden cardiac arrest strikes young student athletes without warning, school personnel should know some warning signs than may indicate a student athlete may have a heart condition that puts them at risk. Signs include:
- Fainting or passing out during exercise
- Chest pain with exercise
- Excessive shortness of breath with exercise
- Palpitations (heart racing) for no reason
- Unexplained seizures
- Require all student athletes to undergo a physical exam and to provide a comprehensive medical history before participating in sports.
- Include a screening electrocardiogram (EKG) to the standard pre-participation physical evaluation.
- Make sure medical personnel are onsite during practices and games.
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