In our national movement to protect young hearts, the flag bearers of this critical initiative are the young people who have become committed sudden cardiac arrest prevention champions. SCA survivors and young people living with a heart condition are joined by youth found at risk and other passionate advocates who strive to inspire, educate and mobilize the next generation of leaders working to prevent sudden cardiac death in youth. We invite you to be a part of our Youth Heart Squad.
The Cardiac Chain Of Survival
Greetings Youth Caregiver. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses. 1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk. Learning the Cardiac Chain of Survival will make it POSSIBLE for you to protect young hearts. Watch the five steps that can save a life.
The Most Important ASK You’ll Make
1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest – the #1 killer of student athletes and part of the #2 medical cause of death under 25. Many heart conditions go unrecognized either because there are no symptoms, or symptoms are not recognized and family risk factors are unknown. Know the warning signs and check your child’s heart. Take the Prevention Promise.
Your Support Helps Us Save Lives
The biggest misconception about Sudden Cardiac Arrest is that it just happens and there’s nothing you can do about it. But the truth is, we can do something. Take a look at how Parent Heart Watch is compelling parents, educators, coaches, counselors and anyone who works with youth to Take the Prevention Promise.
Be Aware: SCA Is Not So Rare
Sudden cardiac arrest in youth is not rare. It’s the #1 killer of student athletes and contributes to the #2 medical cause of death under 25, and is the leading cause of death on school campuses. The vision of Parent Heart Watch is to eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities from SCA in youth by 2030. These Parent Heart Watch parents share their personal story of loss to help parents understand the critical need to protect young hearts.
Look Into Your Child’s Heart
One in 300 youth have an undetected heart condition that can put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. But most youth don’t report or recognize symptoms. So why aren’t EKG screenings part of well-child or pre-participation sports exams? Parent Heart Watch parents share the stories of their lost youth to help other families avert this tragic loss of life. Take the Prevention Promise and support our vision to eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities from SCA in youth by 2030.
AEDs Are Critical to SCA Survival
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are the only way to save a person’s life who is in sudden cardiac arrest, yet there is no national standard to make AEDs widespread and accessible everywhere youth congregate, including our schools. The chance for sudden cardiac arrest survival decreases by 10% with each minute’s delay. The vision of Parent Heart Watch is to eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities from sudden cardiac arrest in youth by 2030. Take the Prevention Promise and learn what you can do to champion AEDs in our schools and youth centers.
ESPN’s Wilbon on Sudden Death Prevention
ESPN sports commentator Michael Wilbon talks about how the Cardiac Chain of Survival—recognizing SCA, calling 911, starting hands-only CPR, retrieving an AED—can save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim.
PHW 10th Anniversary
Parent Heart Watch members commemorate a decade of work to advance sudden cardiac arrest prevention in youth by sharing their personal stories of loss and what they now know it takes to protect young hearts.
Stories of Loss and Survival
Parents share their personal stories of children they’ve lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and children who have survived, and talk about how together as Parent Heart Watch they have taken steps to prevent SCA from afflicting other families.