Facts About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Statistics are Staggering
  • Approximately 20 children between the ages of 6 & 25 will die today from sudden cardiac arrest. (1)
  • Each year, approximately 7,000± young Americans ages 6-25 die from SCA. (1)
  • Two thirds of SCA deaths occur in people without any prior indications of heart disease. (2)
  • The sensitivity of an ECG/EKG for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) capable of causing sudden unexpected death in adolescents is 95%. (3)
  • A majority of SCA cases the first symptom is the fatal collapse.
  • Sudden Unexpected Death is three times more prevalent in young athletes than non-athletes.
  • Approximately 1 in every 300 children has a pre-existing heart condition.
  • Many heart conditions are hereditary.


(1) Heart Rhythm Society, www.hrsonline.org

(2) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.nih.gov

(3) Fuller, C.M., MD. “Physical examinations for young athletes,” Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, March 2005