Athletics Magazine

In the Medical News: Sports-Related Sudden Death in the General Population

By Lcreswell @athletesheart
In a scientific article published online earlier this week by Circulation, Eloi Marijon and colleagues at the Paris Cardiovascular Center reported on "Sports-Related Sudden Death in the General Population."
In recent years there has been a focus on sudden cardiac death (SCD) that occurs in young athletes who are participants in organized and/or competitive sports. There has been much less attention paid to SCD that occurs in athletes (of all ages) who are not part of organized or competitive sports--those who are undertaking so-called recreational sporting activities. The investigators have studied the issue of SCD in this second, much larger group of athletes.
This large, observational study examined the experience in France between 2005 and 2010. The experience included 169,742,000 age specific person-years of follow-up. The investigators considered 2 separate groups:
1. Young athletes, ages 10-35, who were competitive athletes, and
2. Athletes, ages 10-75, who were participants in recreational sporting activities (cycling, jogging, soccer, hiking, swimming, basketball, and others).
Overall, the incidence of SCD was 4.6 per million population per year (860 events total). While a small number of SCD events (50) were observed in the first group, approximately 94% of the SCD events occurred in the group of recreational athletes. If the same statistics were applied to the United States population, we might expect upwards of 4250 cases of SCD among recreational athletes each year.
In the group of recreational athletes with SCD, only 11.7% had a known history of cardiovascular disease or had more than 1 classic risk factor for coronary heart disease. The majority of victims in this group were regular exercisers.
The exact cause of death among the victims was determined for only a minority (24.7%) of the group. If a cause of death was identified, it was cardiac-related in 98%.
The vast majority (93%) of SCD events were witnessed, but bystander CPR was provided in only one third of cases. Survival among the athletes with SCD was very much dependent upon prompt CPR and defibrillation.
The frequency of SCD among recreational athletes is probably much higher than previously thought. This issue deserves and probably will receive additional investigation. The information provided by this report should prompt or renew discussion about the availability of CPR and defibrillation (AED's) at venues where recreational athletes participate in their sports.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Authenticity


    Raising four young children in a large farmhouse has it’s benefits and some downfalls. My downfall is that there are so many closets. Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   Rachel Rachelhagg
  • 7 Beauty Hacks That Every Girl Should Know

    If you think staying beautiful takes a lot of effort, then you need to read these beauty hacks and tricks. All it takes to look some simple Beauty Hacks and if... Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   Tapang786
  • The Church Ain't The Kingdom

    Church Ain't Kingdom

    Previously: The Most Important Mission Of The Modern Mormon Church Among the many things we Mormons have been getting wrong about our own religion is this idea... Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   Rockwaterman
  • Notes on Jake ~ 7 Months Old

    Notes Jake Months

    We've had Jake a little over a month now and I can't even remember what life was like without him. He has made himself such a part of our lives and belongs so... Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   Hikingwithheather
  • Why They're Furious About Bishop Michael Curry: Worldwide Platform to Proclaim...

    Stepped into the hallway of my Chicago hotel this morning for a moment during the #RoyalWedding and through the closed doors of every single room I could hear... Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   William Lindsey
  • The Wedding

    I listened to the Royal Wedding (Harry and Meghan, obviously) on the drive to Glasgow yesterday. Marvellous. The soporific opening belied what was to follow:... Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   Nicholas Baines
  • Entrepreneurs Can Capitalize On The New Gig Economy

    Entrepreneurs Capitalize Economy

    The era of stable lifetime jobs for business professionals within a single company are gone. Companies are rightsized quickly now as markets change rapidly,... Read more

    The 20 May 2018 by   Martin Zwilling