Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

August 27, 2017

According to the “Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes” cardiovascular evaluation and care of college student-athletes is gaining increasing attention from both the public and medical communities. It seems that too many of them are suffering heart attacks that shouldn’t be happening to young people. SCDs (sudden cardiac deaths) are the most common non-traumatic cause of death among college athletes representing about 75% of fatalities in college student-athletes during sport and exercise.

The Consensus Statement was developed to try and prevent SCD. Were they successful? They talked about doing EKGs on all athletes and identifying the sports that were most at risk. For 30 pages and using 11,000 words they talked and talked about everything except the main risk that all athletes face – mineral loss through intense sweating during heavy physical activity. There was not one mention of doing magnesium testing or even sodium and potassium testing to help identify the cause of SCDs.

Presumably the best medical minds that are tasked to take care of your kids’ health in a sports setting couldn’t come up with any solutions. They just decided to keep measuring the problem using the wrong tools.

Here’s a case in my Magnesium Miracle book that I often talk about. Years ago the coach of a Florida high school football team was concerned about his players’ frequent complaints of leg cramps, so he gave them a calcium supplement on a very hot day before a rigorous game. Early in the second half, eleven players became disoriented and had difficulty walking. Their speech was slurred, they complained of muscle spasms, and they were breathing very deeply. Within an hour, eight of the boys collapsed into full-blown seizures; two had repeated seizures. Those having the worst symptoms had been playing the hardest. Thirteen more players reported headaches, blurred vision, muscle twitching, nausea, and weakness.

Eventually all the boys recovered, but what happened to create such a frightening scene in this group of healthy young men? Consider the facts. Those that were affected had all eaten a pre-game magnesium-deficient fast-food meal consisting mainly of sodas (high in phosphoric acid), carbohydrates, and fats. With the increased magnesium loss from excessive sweating plus the calcium supplement, their magnesium stores had been driven dangerously low.

Since doctors don’t learn about minerals or mineral deficiency in medical school or in their drug-based journals; since they don’t use proper testing to determine magnesium deficiency; and since they mainly look for drug solutions to health problems, you are the only person who can help the young athletes you know by telling them about spiking their drinking water with unrefined sea salt and taking magnesium and multiple minerals in picometer, stabilized ionic form.

Water Guidelines: Drink 1/2 your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 lbs, you will drink 75 ounces. Add ¼ tsp of unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt to every quart of drinking water – along with magnesium and multiple minerals.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

 

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