Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death on school campuses and the number one killer of student athletes. One in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk. Physicians acknowledge that medical practitioners and parents alike miss warning signs and risk factors that cause SCA. Research shows the public is unsure what SCA even is, or that a bystander performing CPR can triple the victim’s chance of survival.
With an SCA survival rate that has remained below 10% for three decades, this public health crisis requires a new approach to a time-worn problem. We need to create cultures of prevention with youth live, learn and play so the next generation grows up knowing they CAN save a life. Smart Hearts Don’t Miss A Beat is a new program that empowers young people to prevent sudden death at home, in school, on the field, at the doctor’s office and in their future families, and workplaces.
- Educate youth to recognize warning signs and family risk factors so they can be their own heart health advocate
- Empower youth to use CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) and teach others the Cardiac Chain of Survival
- Equip youth with leadership skills that prepare them to advocate for prevention in their communities
Smart Hearts is a free program that takes about three hours to complete and consists of the following activities. Participants will earn a patch and certificate.
- Knowledge pre- and post-quiz
- Live or recorded instructional video
- Cardiac Risk Assessment
- DIY CPR Training Manikin
- AED Hunt
- Kid-On-The-Street Interviews
- SCA In The News
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How You Can Have A Smart Heart
Who: Curriculum suitable for middle school through college-aged youth in school, troops, community and service organizations
What: A live or recorded video, knowledge quiz plus activities
Where: Live presentations via ZOOM or link to a recording; quiz and activities performed independently
When: Live presentation available upon request; recorded presentation beginning February 2021
Why: To earn a patch and certificate after learning how to prevent sudden cardiac arrest