Are young athletes at cardiac risk?

Jonathan Greenwald, MD, a recently retired attending cardiologist at Norwalk Hospital with a private practice in Norwalk, will give a free presentation, “Confronting Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young Competitive Athlete,” Tuesday, July 23, 7-8 p.m, in the Rimer Room at Wilton Library.

The presentation is open to the public. Athletic directors, trainers, fitness professionals and athletes are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of Dr. Greenwald’s presentation is to increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of having an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on the sidelines at all sporting events. Dr. Greenwald presents powerful cases, including a video of a soccer player experiencing sudden cardiac arrest during a soccer game. The athlete is revived within a minute of going down due to the close proximity of the AED.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the information that Dr. Greenwald presents,” said Nancy Capelle, a cardiac arrest survivor and EMT with the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. “The immediate accessibility and use of an AED can save a young life. We can’t ignore that.”

Dr. Greenwald received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His primary interest has been in sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes. He serves on the Sport & Exercise Cardiology Section of the American College of Cardiology and on the Connecticut State Medical Society’s Committee on the Medical Aspects of Sports.