On October 1st, a seemingly healthy 13-year-old boy, Caleb, died from an undiagnosed heart condition that led to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). His unexpected passing has garnered mass media attention due to his internet fame status and the cause of his death.
Caleb Logan is a YouTube star on his family’s popular channel – The Bratayleys, which has over 1.6 million subscribers. As the news of the young teen’s untimely death unfolded, beginning with an Instagram post from the family, thousands of fans began asking “Why? How could this have happened?”
In an interview with ABC News, the family shed light on the genetic heart condition, “hypertrophic cardiomyopathy” that affects children under the age of 18 and often goes undetected until too late. This serious heart condition causes the heart muscle to thicken abnormally, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood, which can lead to dangerous heart arrhythmias, including triggering cardiac arrest.
1 in 350 children have dangerous underlying heart conditions according to the American Heart Association. Many undiagnosed children have cardiomyopathy, which has becomes a leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in children under 18. This condition can go undetected since many of these children appear to be healthy, active and have no symptoms. Sadly, the first symptom of the disease that sometimes appears is sudden cardiac arrest.
Sudden cardiac death is not a concern at the forefront of most parents’ minds, but tragically it strikes far more often than many realize. With reports of young people dying of heart conditions on the rise, estimates have been as high as 1 death every 3 days.
What Can I Do For Prevention?
If heart disease or other heart-related conditions run in your family, having a full cardiac exam on your child (especially athletes) to assess if there are any potential risks can be a great way to prevent tragedies like Caleb’s.
SCA Solution – Have an AED Nearby
When a person does have factors that could increase risk of sudden cardiac arrest, having an Automated External Defibrillator close by could mean the difference in life or death.
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