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Play with Heart Information

You could save a LIFE!!
A child on your team may be at risk for sudden cardiac death due to an inherited condition. These children usually appear healthy and, in most cases, the young person and her/his parents have absolutely no idea that something might be wrong. Once diagnosed, these conditions are treatable.

There has been recent media coverage and discussion about increasing athlete deaths. One way to prepare for an emergency event is to ensure that coaches, administration and athletes are all trained in CPR. It is estimated that the survival rate for a person can be up to 90% if CPR is given in the first 4-6 minutes of a person collapsing--CPR saves lives!

About sudden cardiac death in the young:

  • ● Each year in the United States, 295,000 Americans die suddenly and unexpectedly due to cardiac arrhythmias. Almost 4,000 of them are young people under age 35 (CDC 2002). These deaths total more than lung cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined! (MMWR Weekly February 15. 2002/51 (06); 123-6: State-Specific Mortality from Sudden Cardiac Death-United States. 1999.)
  • ● 10-12% of SIDS is due to Long QT Syndrome.
  • ● These conditions include Long QT Syndrome (LOTS), Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Brugada Syndrome, etc.
  • ● LQTS is now known to be 3 times more common in the US than childhood leukemia
  • ● 1 in 200,000 high school athletes in the US will die suddenly, most without any prior symptoms­ JAMA 1996; 276.
  • ● According to the CDC, deaths from SCA increased 10% (from 2,719 in 1989 to 3,000 in 1996) in people between the ages of 15 and 34.

What you can do:

  1. We are asking you to add the questions from the form on the back to your physical screening forms. If you get a "yes" to any of the questions, the child should see a doctor for a cardiac evaluation.
  2. If a child has any of the following signs he/she should see a doctor.
  3. Ask your school and other sports associations to make this questionnaire a mandatory for all kids before they participate in any active sport.
  4. Ensure all team members, coaches, and administration is trained in CPR.

Warning signs:

  • ● Family history of unexpected, unexplained sudden death in a young person
  • ● Fainting (syncope) or seizure during exercise, excitement or startle.
  • ● Consistent or unusual chest pain and/or shortness of breath during exercise.

For more information or if you have any questions, please ask us -- we would be happy to help. Call 1-800-STOP SAD (www.stopsad.org).

Thanks for helping us save the lives of young athletes!

Sudden Arrhythmia Death
Syndromes (SAOS) Foundation
508 East South Temple
Suite 202
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
800-ST0P-SAS or 801-531-0937
Fax: 801-531-0945

SADS' Mission:
To save the lives and support the families of children & young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities.


  • Most Cardiac problems that may cause sudden death in the young can be diagnosed and treated.
  • With treatment, people with these conditions can have normal, productive lives.
  • Most sudden cardiac deaths in children are due to hereditary conditions - so every family member should be tested.
  • All children should have the questionnaire completed - and be checked by a doctor if they answer "yes" to any question - before they participate in organized sports.

Click HERE to download a information on this page AND a copy of the Pediatric Cardiac Risk Assessment Form!