Tips for Raising Heart-healthy Kids and Teens
For American Heart Month, Seattle Children’s providers share their tips for helping kids and teens build strong, healthy hearts.
Protect young athletes with pre-sport heart screenings
Generally, kids are safe to play sports and exercise without concern for cardiac events, but with all types of sports, it is important to do a physical with family history to identify those who might be at risk.
Dr. Jack Christian Salerno, Associate Chief, Division of Cardiology; Director, Electrophysiology and Pacing Services, said parents can help protect their young athletes from sudden cardiac arrest by learning about potential “red flags” before their kids begin competing in sports during the middle- and high-school years.