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On Your Mark


Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Sudden Cardiac Death is the leading cause of death on school property.

  • One high schooler dies every 2 days from sudden cardiac arrest.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics estimated that 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States every year.

  • One thousand Americans die each day from sudden cardiac arrest; of these, 7 are under age 25.

  • Competitive athletes have three times the normal risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

  • Only 3% of these deaths occur in those with normal hearts; these deaths are detectable and preventable.

  • The American Heart Association’s recommended pre-season physical for athletes misses 80% of these deaths.

  • We can do more!

Heart Disease in the Next Generation
  • Deaths from heart disease among those 25 to 35 years of age rose 5% between 2000 and 2010, the only age category where heart disease mortality is increasing.

  • The stroke rate rose an alarming 75% in this group, as well.

  • The percentage of American youths aged 
8 to 17 who have high blood pressure climbed 27% over the past 13 years.

  • In Colorado, 20.9% of adults are obese, the lowest percentage in the nation.  However, the 14.2% rate of childhood obesity ranks 23rd in the nation.  This ratio is not sustainable.

  • Nationwide, 42% of Americans are projected to be obese by 2030.

  • All heart disease risks are rising in Americans under the age of 40.

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