What causes cardiac arrest in young, seemingly healthy athletes like Bronny James?

Dr. Celine Gounder explains | PLUS: 911 call reveals response to Bronny James’ cardiac arrest

CBS NEWS – Bronny James, the son of basketball legend LeBron James, suffered cardiac arrest during practice with his college team on Monday — raising questions about how it’s possible for a seemingly healthy 18-year-old to lose heart function.

James’ incident has prompted speculation from anti-vaccine proponents, who have raised doubts about vaccine safety.

Dr. Celine Gounder, a CBS News medical contributor and editor-at-large for Public Health at KFF, said that is important to separate the incident from any association with COVID-19 vaccines”

“This has nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccines.”

“Over 80% of the American population has now had a COVID vaccination if not more than one. That would be like saying, ‘I need my tooth pulled out next week. That must be because I had a COVID vaccine, vaccination.'”

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“These are unrelated events. But this is straight out of the anti-vax playbook to say, ‘Well, just asking questions, you know, maybe. How do you know?’ And I think the intent here is to sow confusion to make people wonder.”


‘Get an ambulance here now’

911 call reveals response to Bronny James’ cardiac arrest

By Jacob Lev, Paul P. Murphy and Holly Yan, July 28, 2023

CNN – The frantic call underscored the dire emergency:

“Listen … listen to me,” a distraught man tells a 911 operator. “Get an ambulance here now.”

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“All right, sir, we’re going to send help,” the operator responded. “Don’t hang up, sir, don’t hang up.”

Bronny James, the 18-year-old son of NBA legend LeBron James, had gone into cardiac arrest during basketball practice. The incoming freshman for the University of Southern California’s basketball team was hospitalized Monday, his family had said.

He has since been released from Cedars-Sinai Medical, the Los Angeles hospital said Thursday.

“Although his work-up will be ongoing, we are hopeful for his continued progress and are encouraged by his response, resilience, and his family and community support,” said Dr. Merije Chukumerije, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai.

Chukumerije complimented the “swift and effective response” of the USC athletics medical staff.

“He arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center fully conscious, neurologically intact and stable,” Chukumerije said Thursday … read more. 


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