When you think of heart problems, you usually think about adults. But, the risk is there for young people as well. When you think of heart problems, you usually think about adults. But, the risk is there for young people as well. Each month, several young Americans die suddenly and unexpectedly from Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes. But an effort is underway to change that, by offering free heart screenings to young people.
“I throw the discus and I also do high jump,” Connor Moore said. Connor is an avid athlete. And of course, all athletes have to be in tip top shape. But recently, Connor found out he had a problem that could have side lined him – permanently. “At first I thought something was wrong with my heart. I didn’t know if it was a big deal or not,” Moore said.
Connor has a heart arrhythmia known as Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. “He’s probably had it since birth and he doesn’t have any signs or symptoms of having anything at all,” Connor’s mom, Lee Moore said. People with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome have an abnormality in the way their heart beats. Not everyone will have symptoms of it. Connor never did.
A free heart health screening called the Safebeat Initiative, put on by Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndrome’s Foundation is the only reason he knows.