On Wednesday the Washington State Senate passed legislation to bring awareness to cardiac arrest among student athletes. (TRT: 58) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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The leading cause of death in young athletes participating in sports is sudden heart failure. Legislation passed Wednesday in the Washington State Senate will develop an online pamphlet and train coaches to help identify the warnings signs of cardiac arrest. The bill was brought to Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell by constituent Darla Varrenti, whose son Nick suffered sudden cardiac arrest on a football field when he was just 16 years old.

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell: (TRT: 14 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “It strikes most of our young males between 12 and 30 years old. Approximately one in 250 young people have a cardiac disorder that could cause sudden cardiac arrest.”

The Nick of Time Foundation, created in Nick’s memory, works to educate school districts and communities about cardiac arrest, offers CPR training, and provides health screenings at local schools and community centers. Washington state is on track to join five other states that have adopted similar laws in order to save more young lives.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.