Director UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology Seattle, Washington, United States
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes during sports. Leading researcher Dr. Drezner will review how to recognize SCA in an athlete and the appropriate steps of an on-field resuscitation.
Synopsis of Presentation:Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes during sports and exercise. The sudden, nontraumatic collapse of an athlete during sport is usually witnessed, presenting a unique opportunity for rapid assessment and immediate resuscitation. While survival rates from exercise-related SCA in young athletes has improved over the last decade, delayed or failed recognition remains a major cause of catastrophic outcomes. This presentation will review contemporary strategies for the recognition and management of SCA in athletes with the aim of improving survival rates through a universal response to the collapsed and unresponsive athlete.