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A 41-year-old member asked:

how common is sudden cardiac arrest in children?

3 doctor answers21 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not very common: I don't have the exact statistics, but sudden cardiac death is not a common thing across all age groups. Children are the least affected one, though, given the lower prevalence of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure etc.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not very, but...: Long qt syndrome and chest injury can lead to sudden cardiac arrhythmias and collapse.
Dr. Garron Miller
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Not at all: The most common cause of cardiac arrest in children is due to respiratory failure.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Totally agree. Electric shock would be another reason.
Jul 14, 2012

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Does sudden cardiac arrest happen in children?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Very rarely: Primary cardiac arrest (not related to choking, drowning, etc) is exceedingly rare in children but can happen. Structural problems in the heart that are present at birth can predispose to lethal rhythm problems. This is one of the arguments made to place aeds (automatic external defibrillators) in schools and gymnasiums.
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What would be the thing to do if a child has sudden cardiac arrest while playing a sport on the field?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Swift action: Put in play your abc's (airway, breathing and circulation) as fast as possible. If you determine that the child has a clear airway, is not breathing and has no pulse initiate CPR right away and instruct one specific individual to call 911 (don't just say, "someone call"). Should there be a defibrillator available delegate the use of the device to someone who knows how to use it at once.

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