Cardiac arrest often comes without warning - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Cardiac arrest often comes without warning

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Americus runner back in Boston

    Americus runner back in Boston

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:39:51 GMT
    One of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon today comes from Southwest Georgia, Charlene Pennymon. She's returning to Boston to win another title but also give hope to others. @ ThisMore >>
    One of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon today comes from Southwest Georgia, Charlene Pennymon. She's returning to Boston to win another title but also give hope to others. More >>
  • Thomasville woman celebrates 100th Birthday

    Thomasville woman celebrates 100th Birthday

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:57:34 GMT
    A Thomasville woman is celebrating her 100th birthday. Irene Manning celebrates her 100th Birthday today. Friends and family threw her a birthday party at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville. Her grandson saysMore >>
    A Thomasville woman is celebrating her 100th birthday. Irene Manning celebrates her 100th Birthday today. Friends and family threw her a birthday party at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville. Her grandson saysMore >>
  • Easter Bunny visits hospitalized children

    Easter Bunny visits hospitalized children

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:52:00 GMT
    The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today.   The Dougherty County Police Department partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to deliver stuffed Easter Bunnies to childrenMore >>
    The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today.   The Dougherty County Police Department partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to deliver stuffed Easter Bunnies to childrenMore >>

August 8, 2003

Albany- Westover High School coach Jeff Caldwell has been coaching football for 23 years. He's thankful he's never lost a player.

"Fortunately, in 23 years I've never come close and I've always said I thank the dear Lord every day about that," Caldwell said.

Coaches spend a lot of time worrying about their players in the scorching Southwest Georgia heat.

"I don't think our kids are as acclimatized to the heat as several years ago.

But cardiac arrest can happen without warning. In athletes, it's called sudden cardiac death. Dr. Jeffrey Hoopes says it usually can't be predicted.

"It's usually the stress of the activity precipitates an undiagnosed or unknown problem and causes an irregular heart beat and death," Hoopes said.

Knowing other athletes have died makes younger players more aware of their own bodies.

"Whenever I hear about a player doing that, it puts a message to the back of my head thinking don't go to hard if you don't have to," said Tim Milam, a senior at Westover.

"I try to push myself to the max and then once I feel the fatigue, the dizziness, I try to sit down and cool it down a little bit" said Demone Daniels, also a senior at Westover.

There often are no symptoms, but athletes should be aware of chest discomfort, shortness of breath and just not feeling good.

"I always recommend that people just listen to their body," Hoopes said.

And players should let coaches know when their body is telling them there's a problem.

posted at 7:05 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

Powered by WorldNow