n South African Medical Journal - Sudden cardiac arrest in the young - a call to action : correspondence

Volume 102, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in athletes has once again been brought into the spotlight as a result of the recent widely publicised collapse and resuscitation of Fabrice Muambo during a FA Cup soccer match in the United Kingdom. The efforts of the trained medical responders in his successful resuscitation must be applauded. This incident resulted in the South African Premier Soccer League announcing more rigorous screening of players as a primary prevention measure. Sadly, Muambo's case was followed by the sudden cardiac death of Olympic swimmer Alexander Dale Oen.

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