Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Could your kid have a bum ticker?


The Pediatric Heart Center of Children’s Hosp at Montefiore in NYC is worried about the heart ills than can befall kids coming back to school.

And you thought those vaccinations were the big woo.

People with heart probs in the family should be extra careful to get the kids checked.

Sudden Cardiac Death on the playing field—yes, it sounds bad and is bad—is devastating. It’s the leading cause of death in young athletes—not gangs or car wrecks.

Sometimes it's triggered by genetics—so that has to be taken into consideration.

I remember my parents getting bent out of shape because I was told I had a heart murmur—95% of these are nothing. But this can come from a defect or functional problem. Doctor!

Schools should have automatics external defibrillators on hand and staff should be trained to use them. Getting shocked into a normal rhythm, however, is a dice roll—it works a minority of the time, but should be an option to try.

Parents should also learn pediatric CPR. Do you know it?

OK—scared to...um...death? Now, do something about some of this!

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