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This Lions of Saskatchewan project has been developed to draw attention to "Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy". The purpose is to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation and to educate young athletes, their parents and their coaches.

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"Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy"- what is it?

 

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a genetic heart disease that affects players on the football, soccer playing field or hockey rink more times than enough. Without warning, young athletes drop dead in cardiac arrest. Only later may some families and coaches learn of the disease, because people are unaware of any problem since the symptoms are similar to being a little out of shape (shortness of breath, tired and sometimes a cough).

So many times we hear of young athletes losing their life and yet no one has an answer. A study was conducted in Italy and results showed 1 in 120 athletes showed signs of this genetic heart disease. Most likely we all know someone who lost their life with little or no explanation. An Echocardiogram will diagnose this disease, yet it is viewed as "too expensive" in North America for our young people. The time to act is now, to reduce the number of these incidents involving our young athletes and we dearly hope you'll join us on this journey of awareness.