Will High Profile Cases of SCA Suffered by Athletes Help Raise Awareness?

Will High Profile Cases of SCA Suffered by Athletes Help Raise Awareness?

Fabrice Muamba, 23, a British soccer player, suffered sudden cardiac arrest on March 17, and was clinically dead for 78 minutes before being resuscitated. He has since recovered and was discharged from the hospital on April 16. Whether or not he will continue as a footballer has yet to be decided. For now, he wants to spend precious time with his family.

Piermario MorosiniOn April 14, Italian soccer player Piermario Morosini, 25, suffered SCA during a match. Unfortunately, he could not be resuscitated.

This week, Alexander Dale Oen, 26, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Olympics, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and died during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Alexander Dale OenMore...

Italian Football Leagues are now demanding that defibrillators must be available at all matches. And the Australian Olympic Committee has stepped up heart checks to include EKGs.

Maybe these high profile cases will help in the uphill battle to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, the benefits of heart screening, the importance of bystander CPR, and the need for widespread deployment of automated external defibrillators. What do you think?

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