LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, recently suffered a cardiac arrest during basketball practice at the University of Southern California. The 18-year-old is now in stable condition and no longer in the intensive care unit. Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function, often caused by a problem with the heart’s electrical system.
It can be fatal if not treated immediately. While cardiac arrest in young athletes is rare, it is the leading cause of death in this population. Screening athletes prior to participation is crucial in identifying any underlying heart conditions that may put them at risk.
Measures like early cardiopulmonary resuscitation and access to automatic external defibrillators can help prevent sudden cardiac death in case of an emergency. Despite this incident, experts emphasize that participating in sports and engaging in cardiovascular exercise is still beneficial for overall health. It is important to prioritize the safety and well-being of young athletes by implementing proper screening protocols and having trained personnel and necessary equipment available at sports venues.