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If your child has any of the warning signs, they should be evaluated further by their primary care physician, with appropriate referral as indicated.
Primary prevention: early warning signs of possible heart disease in a child or family
Sudden cardiac arrest has warning signs and symptoms that can go unnoticed. It is important to recognize the following:
Not all episodes of sudden cardiac arrest are prevent¬able because many of the kids do not have symptoms until they have the episode. For this reason, secondary prevention strategies are important.
Secondary prevention: resuscitation
Children and adults who experience a sudden cardiac event with ventricular fibrillation can often be successfully treated with early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rapid defibrillation with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The single greatest factor affecting survival is time. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, a victim's chance of survival decreases 10 percent. So, it's critical to act fast. Target goal: under 5 minutes from collapse to first shock (effective CPR immediately and until AED arrives). On average, it takes emergency services 6 to 12 minutes to arrive at the scene, but the brain can only wait 3 to 5 minutes.
Training in CPR, having an AED and an emergency action plan will have the potential to save the greatest number of lives with the most efficient use of school equipment and personnel.
For more information or for a free consultation, please contact Laura Friend, Project ADAM Texas program coordinator, at 682-885-6755 or email@example.com.
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