Cardiac arrest becoming a concern for student athletes

By Vincent Taylor / Staff Writer

Cardiac arrest, also known as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), is a sudden and unexpected medical emergency that can happen to anyone at any time. This condition occurs when the heart’s electrical activity becomes abnormal, leading to the heart’s ineffective pumping of blood. According to the Heart American Association, cardiac arrest is often fatal if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately.

Jace Lance, an MVC basketball standout who suffered a heart attack during practice this season, warns that chest pain, extreme fatigue, light-headedness, and passing out while working out are just some of the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest.

If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention, Lance said.

According to a study published in the journal “Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology,” Sudden cardiac death occurs in approximately one per 200,000 young athletes annually, usually triggered during competition or practice.

Casey Vogelsmeier, Missouri Valley College campus nurse, also recommends seeking medical attention if experiencing chest discomfort, fluttering or pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, and back pain.

According to the American Heart Association, leading a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help reduce the risk of cardiac arrest.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest and seeking immediate medical attention in an emergency is crucial. Cardiac arrest is a serious condition that can lead to death if not treated immediately. Stay informed and take care of your heart health to prevent cardiac arrest.

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