Mustafa Yıldız

Keywords: Sudden cardiac death, young athlete, intensive care unit


Young competitive athletes are individuals under 35 years who participate in an organized team or individual sport that requires regular exercise and competition. The sudden cardiac death of a young athlete is the most tragic event in sports. Most young athletes who die suddenly have undiagnosed structural cardiac disease. Although atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death >35 years, younger competitive athletes have a wide range of cardiovascular causes including congenital and genetic disorders. The most common causes are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and congenital coronary artery anomalies. The young athletes that received to intensive care unit because of sudden death after resuscitation must think this causes. The equipment and nursing must be perfect in this intensive care units.