Children's Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month
Sep 30, 2014 12:00 AM
This September, the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is launching the first Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month to educate the public about pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease that affects how the heart muscle pumps blood. The awareness month will encourage physicians, nurses, coaches, teachers and community leaders to educate others about and the signs, symptoms and risk factors for cardiomyopathy.
Pediatric cardiomyopathy is the number one cause of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart transplants among young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2,000 people younger than age 25 die of SCA every year in the United States. In many cases, if cardiomyopathy is detected earlier and managed properly, sudden cardiac death can be prevented. The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month will help to identify more undiagnosed, at-risk children and get them the appropriate medical attention to prevent premature death.
CCF, along with partners such as the American College of Cardiology, National Organization for Rare Disorders, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and School-Based Health Alliance, will celebrate the awareness month with 30 days of educational activities including circulating pediatric cardiomyopathy facts, warning signs and risk factors; sharing cardiomyopathy family stories; issuing a call to action to support life-saving cardiomyopathy legislation and urging the public to #KnowYourHeart to understand their cardiac family history. Visit CCF’s website for more information: www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org