When the heart abruptly shuts down, it is referred to as “sudden cardiac death.” This is often the last stage of a heart attack and most frequently happens to people in their 60s and 70s.
However, a recent report by Centers for Disease Control claims that more and more children and teenagers are dying from cardiac arrest. In the last ten years, the statistics have grown alarmingly high: there are 3,000 deaths due to cardiac arrest annually among Americans in the age range of 15-34.
Studies show that the main factors of this rise in deaths involve clogged arteries and obesity. Eighty out of 249 teens tested had a dangerous build up of cholesterol on their artery walls, and between 1989 to 1999, the obesity rate among Americans aged 18-29 more than doubled from five percent to twelve percent.
Another major factor is genetics. A history of family heart problems can affect even the youngest of children.
The good news is that sudden cardiac death is preventable. When it comes to clogged arteries and obesity, basic eating and exercise improvements can reduce the risk. As for those who inherit family heart problems, electrocardiogram screenings can detect any irregularities in the heart.
This is even better news for families in Katy. On August 28th from 9am to 2pm, Memorial Hermann Katy will be screening adolescents and young adults for any underlying abnormalities. Test results will be reviewed and discussed with parents on-site by a board-certified specialist.
The cost of the screening is $150, and the hospital is located at 23900 Katy Freeway at Grand Parkway. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 713-222-CARE.
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