Dr. Oz on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Recently Dr. Mehmet Oz, professor of surgery at Columbia University in New York and host of the syndicated TV program The Dr. Oz Show,  took an in-depth look at what parents can do to prevent sudden cardiac death — what he terms “the number one sudden killer in children.”

The show began by reviewing the disturbing numbers about sudden cardiac death in children:

  • 7,000 children a year in the U.S. are stricken by sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Only 5% of young victims survive sudden cardiac arrest — but that percentage could be much higher if parents and communities are prepared.

“One minute your child is the picture of health — then suddenly her heart simply stops beating,” Dr. Oz explained to his studio audience. “Her young life ends, far too soon.”

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