According to American Heart Association News, college sports have seen a decline in the rate of sudden cardiac deaths, but rates remain higher for Division I men’s basketball players, as well as male and Black athletes in other sports, new research has found.

The decline in sudden cardiac death rates – on average, by 29% every five years for the past 20 years – may be attributed to improved survival rates as a result of “more widespread education” on CPR, the availability of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, and emergency action plans, the study’s lead author, Dr. Bradley J. Petek, said in a news release.   Read full article