Archive - Jul 22, 2013

Archive - Jul 22, 2013


18-Year-Old Dies during Soccer Game at High Altitude Field without AED

CUSCO, PERU--Fans of Peruvian soccer are mourning the death of Yair Clavijo, 18, who died on Sunday during a match in Cusco.

The Peruvian footballer suffered a “cerebral edema and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an underlying heart condition),” according to the autopsy performed in Cusco on Monday, reported.

The unfortunate incident took place during a Peruvian First Division match between Sporting Cristal and Real Garcilaso, when the young man was representing SC in a reserve team match. Clavijo appeared to suffer (sudden cardiac arrest) which killed him instantly.

According to witnessed at the stadium, the 18-year-old reserve collapsed only minutes before the end of the game. At that point, medics rushed to attempt to save the young man, but the personnel and a nearby stadium ambulance were not equipped with a defibrillator, which may have saved his life.

Sudden Cardiac Deaths Among Volunteer Firefighters Falls to Record Low

The number of volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty declined to a record in the U.S. amid efforts to improve the fitness of emergency personnel.

On-duty volunteer firefighter deaths fell to 30 last year, from 35 in 2012 and more than 75 in 1977 and 1978, the National Fire Protection Association said today in a report on its website. The overall firefighter fatality count, including paid personnel, was 64 last year, the second-lowest on record, with only 2011 having a smaller total.

“In 2012 we had the lowest number of cardiac-related deaths that we’ve seen since we started doing the study in 1977,” Rita Fahy, manager of fire database systems for the research and analysis division of the NFPA, said in a video on the association’s website.

Sleeping Altitude and Sudden Cardiac Death

Novice mountaineers may lower their risk of having a fatal heart attack if they acclimate themselves before a high-altitude recreational hiking or skiing expedition, according to a study published in the American Heart Journal.

The study found the risk of dying of (sudden cardiac death) on the first day of vigorous mountain exercise was more than five times as high in individuals who had slept at lower elevations on the previous evening as in those who slept at higher elevations.

A short period of acclimatization beforehand could significantly reduce the risk of sudden death, especially in men over age 34, beginner mountaineers, or those with a history of heart problems, the study says.

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