Damar Hamlin reveals the cause if his Cardiac Arrest: “Leading cause of death in youth Athletes”

During a press conference, Hamlin declared his intention to return to the NFL.

Following his collapse on the field in January 2023, Buffalo Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin has disclosed what caused his cardiac arrest.

Hamlin, 25, revealed his diagnosis of Commotio cordis during a news conference. He defined the ailment as “a direct blow to the chest wall that causes cardiac arrest, and seven seconds later, you fall out.”

Commotio cordis is defined as “ a rare cardiac arrest that occurs immediately after a blow to the chest” and “induces a potentially fatal heart rhythm disturbance, or arrhythmia, called ventricular fibrillation,” by Dr. Gordon F. Tomaselli on behalf of the American Heart Association.

FILE – Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Nov. 20, 2022, in Detroit. Hamlin collapsed on the field and appeared to be getting CPR before being driven off the field in an ambulance during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
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In an interview with the media, Hamlin stated that Commotio cordis is “the leading cause of death in youth athletes across all sports” and that he will personally be taking a step to change this statistic and increase awareness.

Hamlin took a moment to thank the medical staff who treated him “with the care of their children,” he said, adding that he hopes the awareness will result in more education and access to CPR.

Hamlin began his remarks by declaring his gratitude and blessings before praising Buffalo’s “wonderful medical staff” and his “wonderful coaches and teammates”.

In a press conference Hamlin declared his intention to play competitive sports once again after receiving the all-clear from doctors. Hamlin declared, “I intend to return to the NFL”.

I still have a long way to go, but I’m devoted to it every day, Hamlin said. “Therefore, I want to thank everyone for travelling with me”.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane informed the media that Hamlin had received a medical clearance to resume playing.

 In a press conference, Beane stated, “He’s fully cleared, he’s here and he’s is a great headspace to come back and make his return”.

A month after claiming that the medical staffs of the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals has saved his life, NFL player Hamlin told Good Morning America in February that he eventually wanted to play football once more, but that he was putting that decision “in God’s hands”.

In March, Hamlin appeared in Washington D.C. alongside Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins to support the Access to AEDs Act.

According to a news statement from the Congressman’s office, “The Access to AEDs Act would instruct the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to elementary and secondary schools in partnership with non-profit healthcare organizations”. “The grants will assist in the creation and implementation of initiatives that support defibrillators access in schools”.

Hamlin spoke about his own cardiac attack during the tournament and provided data on how frequently it happens to young athletes.

More than 7,000 children under the age of 18 in our nation experience sudden cardiac arrest each year, he continued. “Student athletes make up the majority of the children affected. According to research, one in 300 young people has an undiagnosed cardiac ailment that puts them at risk.

The American Heart Association states that CPR can increase the likelihood of survival until emergency medical assistance is received. Annually, there are more than 356,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the US. If the right procedures aren’t done right away, it can frequently be fatal.

Hamlin Stated, “The survival rate for children suffering from sudden cardiac arrest is seven times higher for schools that have AEDs. The Access to AEDs Act will make sure that schools have the same crisis response capabilities and training as those on the side-lines of an NFL game.

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