Sudden cardiac arrest in rising teens

Doctors strongly advise broader cardiac screening in high schools and colleges. They also recommend that screening include a review of risk factors, blood pressure, heart symptoms, family history and stress-related issues. The COVID pandemic may have a role to play, experts suspect.

After a lull, India last week reported the deaths of two teenagers from suspected heart attacks. A 15-year-old died of a heart attack in Greater Noida while playing at school, while a 16-year-old boy died of suspected cardiac arrest in Telangana.

Heart diseases are known to afflict older people, but now these problems are also increasing among young people. While teenage deaths from heart attacks are an unfortunate trend, doctors in several states told News18 that it’s important for parents and teachers to recognize, prevent and treat these sudden events.

“Cases of teenagers suddenly collapsing after exerting physical exertion often make headlines. Fortunately, these types of cardiac events don’t happen as often as they seem,” he told News18 Dr. Maninder Singh Dhaliwal, pediatrician at Amrita Hospital in Faridabad “Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in young people is rare but not unheard of. When it occurs, it often leads to death if not processed in minutes.


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