Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and young adults between the ages of 1-39 years annually. These deaths are a tremendous loss not only for families, but for entire communities. Even more disheartening is that many of these deaths could be prevented through screening, detection, and treatment. SCDY victims are too young to die and every life lost is one too many. One way to detect high risk conditions that predispose to SCDY is through pre-participation sports screening of student athletes. The resources below contain more information on SCDY as well as links to ongoing projects at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
This report is an updated version of the report Too Young to Die from 2012 which analyzed sudden cardiac death (SCD) occurrence, specifically among youth from 1-39 years of age. It includes updated death certificate data from 2007-2016, background information on SCD, mortality statistics, case reviews and potential prevention practices.
Too Young To Die - An update on the Impact of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young in Michigan 1999-2011
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is pleased to present this updated report detailing the impact of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in Michigan young people under age 40—an issue of grave public health concern.