UNDETECTED HEART CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST
Congenital heart defects are present at birth. They are the most common type of birth defect in the United States and include abnormalities in the heart’s structure, electrical system, and other abnormalities that affect the function of the heart. According to the American Heart Association, over 1.3 million Americans alive today have some form of congenital heart defect.
Other types of heart abnormalities are inherited and develop with growth, usually in late teens or early twenties. Still other diseases of the heart muscle can develop as a result of viral infections and certain medications. These types tend to be progressive and can worsen quickly.
If left undiagnosed, heart abnormalities can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes, often during physical activity.