A SEVEN-year-old schoolboy in Rustenburg recently died after a HEART attack. How is this even possible?
THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WILL BE LAID TO REST TODAY
The Grade 1 learner, Rayn Cronjé died of a heart attack in the early hours of Saturday, 10 September.
David Brink Primary School in Rustenburg expressed their deepest condolences to the Cronjé family and relatives on the death of Rayn Cronjé, a 7-year-old Grade 1 learner.
“Brinkies carry you in our prayers. Rest in peace, Rayn, we will miss you very much,”said a statement by the school on Facebook.
Rayn Cronjé has four brothers.
HE LEAVES BEHIND FOUR BROTHERS
His funeral service will take place on Friday at 11:00 in the AGS Church on the corner of Ridder and Joubert Street in Rustenburg. Econo Funeral and Cremation Services confirmed the information.
According to media reports, little Ryan was NOT sick before his death.
LITTLE RYAN WAS NOT SICK BEFORE HIS DEATH
It is shocking how many children suffered heart attacks in 2022 despite doctors saying that heart attacks in teenagers and children are extremely rare.
Last month 12-year-old Rick Hendricks collapsed on the rugby field in Pretoria after his heart stopped beating. He survived.
In July this year, an 11-year-old boy suffered a heart attack at the Laerskool Generaal Nicolaas Smit primary school in Pretoria West.
Also, in July, the 19-year-old student Helené Jansen van Rensburg died after she suffered a heart attack.
In June, a Maties student, the 18-year-old Jessica Matthews, collapsed and died during a hockey match in the Western Cape.
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WE HAVE REPORTED ON SEVERAL CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ALSO SUFFERED HEART ATTACKS
In February, a second-year student at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein (CUT) died unexpectedly after collapsing on campus.
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The 24-year-old Carla Steytler, a second-year student in radiography at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein (CUT), died after collapsing on campus.
Heart attacks in teenagers are extremely rare. Sudden cardiac arrest in teens is more common but still rare. Although people often use these two terms interchangeably, they don’t mean the same thing.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A HEART ATTACK IN A CHILD OR TEENAGER?
Heart attacks occur when blood to the heart is suddenly stopped, usually due to coronary artery disease. Your arteries become blocked, so not enough blood can make it to your heart.
Sudden cardiac arrest is when your heart stops pumping blood effectively. Blood can’t get to important organs in your body, like your brain and lungs.
Teens can experience a heart attack or cardiac arrest for many of the same reasons as adults.
But lifestyle factors tend to be a lesser cause just because they haven’t had as much time to cause damage in teens. In adults, things like smoking, a lack of exercise, high cholesterol, and other factors build up over decades to reduce heart function.
In teens and young adults, congenital, electrical, or structural problems are more often the cause.
Examples of these issues include things like:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Anomalous aortic origin of the coronary artery (AAOCA)
- Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)
- Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)
- Long QT syndrome
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
Other conditions or factors associated with heart attacks or heart disease in adolescence can include things like:
- Substance use
- Breathing difficulty
- Rheumatic heart disease
- Kawasaki disease
- Chronic kidney disease
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