We are honored to be partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month this September.
The awareness month will educate the public about pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart disease that affects how the heart muscle pumps blood through the body.
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. Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month aims to educate the public on the signs, symptoms and risk factors for cardiomyopathy, which will help identify more undiagnosed, at-risk children and get them the appropriate medical attention to prevent premature death.
"Cardiomyopathy is difficult to detect without symptoms, and if undiagnosed, the consequences can be devastating," said Lisa Yue, the founding executive director of CCF who lost two young children to cardiomyopathy. “We appreciate the American Heart Association's support of Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month and urge other organizations and community leaders to come together this September to raise awareness of pediatric cardiomyopathy.”
It is estimated that more than 30,000 children are living with cardiomyopathy in the U.S.
For more information on pediatric cardiomyopathy, visit www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org .