The first person that we know of who had sudden death syndrome was in 490 BC. He was running a marathon of 26.2 miles. He collapses and died.
This is scary stuff. There are so many young athletes and Sudden death syndrome is a reality that no one can take away. How can we as parents from athletic children prevent this from happening to our children? What is Sudden death syndrome and how can we see the signs before it is too late.
What is sudden death syndrome
The most common reason of sudden death syndrome is an abnormality of the heart or heart vessels. Some of the abnormalities are:
Abnormal coronary arteries: That is when the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart is abnormal. There are usually no symptoms and the death are instant, without warning. Other cardiac causes of sudden death are;
- Heart valve abnormalities
- Electrical conduction abnormality of the heart, and
- Rupture of the aorta.
Marfan Syndrome: This is a very rare condition that are not affected by many athletes. The Marfan Syndrome is a disorder of the connective tissue. Most of the athletes over 30 dead because of heart attack or other cardiac abnormalities. Some of the professional athletes that have died because of the Marfan Syndrome are;
- Volleyball star, Flo Hyman
- Basketball player, Ronaldo Piece
- Pitcher, Darryl Kile
Uncardiac causes of Sudden death syndrome are a direct blow to the chest. Especially on the side where the heart is. This happens more to athletes with contact sport. It’s named as the Commotio cordis.
Here’s a video for more information: Sudden Death Syndrome
What are the signs and symptoms of Sudden death syndrome in sport?
There are some signs if you know what to look for. The signs and symptoms are more visible when the athlete has an intense workout and are tired. The signs can be seen as the athlete is;
- Has chest pain,
- Is fainting or feel dizzy,
- Has irregular heart beat,
- Shortness of breath,
- And is fatigue.
When some of these symptoms are visible, the athlete must get to a hospital as soon as possible. There the doctors will do some tests. This means that there is something wrong with his heart of heart vessels.
Ways to prevent the Sudden Death Syndrome
Even if the Sudden Death Syndrome comes without warning, there are some things that one can do to make sure that there is not anything wrong with your heart and to keep your heart healthy. Don’t exercise on the hottest time of the day and drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic drinks or caffeinated drinks. Don’t smoke and avoid anabolic steroids and stimulants
There is a new test that was invented by Cardiologist Dr. Sami Viskin. This is not an expensive test at all and easy to take. The “Viskin test” is a simple test that is taken at a normal bed. If an athlete is standing up suddenly and has an abnormal heart he will experience a difference in his heart rate that can be detected by the electrocardiogram. With this new test there can be a lot of athlete’s life’s can be saved.
With Sudden Death Syndrome, there are athlete that just died because of heart abnormalities. There are a few symptoms that can be observed if one is looking closely when an athlete is exercising. With the new test that are available and not expensive at all, there can be lots of athletes that will live. Athletes with abnormal hearts can be saved before it is too late.
So many parents are worried about their children who are athletes. The new test are reassuring to the parents that the sudden Death Syndrome can be spotted before it is too late.