Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Another teen dies of sudden cardiac death

After high school basketball star Wes Leonard, 16, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest after a game last Thursday, many parents of teen athletes are wondering could my child have a "silent" heart problem, too?

Unfortunately, a mandatory screening program of athletes that involves an electrocardiogram (ECG) before participating in sports does not reduce the incidence of sudden death, according to an upcoming a study in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

How many more of these tragedies must we experience until magnesium supplementation and screening magnesium levels become mandatory for young athletes? Whether or not magnesium played a part in this boy's death, for those with silent heart issues, magnesium can be a life saver.


No comments: