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Fueled by Tragedy, Cardiac on Campus Helps Students Take Care of Hearts

MADISON, WI--Jon Derynda had just crossed the finish line of a half-marathon when he collapsed and died in 2015, having suffered what’s called sudden cardiac death.

He was two days shy of his 21st birthday, enjoying the summer between his junior and senior year at UW-Oshkosh, and was running the race with his family. His death blindsided the family, who found it hard to comprehend how a fit, young man could die from a heart problem.

“We were really struck by the thought of a really healthy, active 20 year-old and how this can happen to somebody as healthy as he was,” his sister Brittany Derynda said.

Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators Installed in All Residences

AEDs installed in McMaster University residences

Over the last few months, McMaster has made enhancements to on-campus safety with the installation of 28 new automated external defibrillators (AED) across campus.

These portable devices are to be used in instances of sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating.

Until recently, bystanders assisting a person in sudden cardiac arrest on campus would only be able to perform CPR until emergency responders arrive. With every minute of sudden cardiac arrest leading to a 10 per cent reduction in survival rates, seconds count and a shock can stop the clock.

University of Iowa Department of History to Launch Richard Kerber Memorial CPR Initiative

The Department of History at the University of Iowa is launching a project in memory of Richard Kerber, MD, the late husband of Professor Emerita of History Linda Kerber, with a CPR training session for its faculty and staff. The Richard Kerber Memorial CPR Initiative hopes to encourage CPR training across campus, as well as the installation of Automatic External Defibrillators in UI buildings.

Pitt's Athlete Heart Testing Could Spark National Attention

When it was revealed eight days ago that two Pitt football players, freshmen Zack Gilbert and George Hill, would be forced to sit out after being diagnosed with heart conditions, the news was met with an outpouring of disappointment, grief and empathy for two athletes whose respective careers were suddenly in jeopardy or, worse, over before they even could begin.

With that agony, however, came an undercurrent of relief. As awful as this is, the sentiment went, thankfully it was discovered before it was too late, that it was identified through a series of tests instead of an autopsy.

Had either player attended a different school, their ailments might have remained undetected. Pitt requires all of its incoming athletes to receive electrocardiograms (EKGs) and echocardiograms, tests that evaluate a person’s heart and attempt to uncover any abnormalities.

NCAA Reminding Trainers, Coaches To Use Cardiac Arrest Checklist

Summer school classrooms are humming with activity on college campuses across the nation and soon, so will sports fields full of student athletes returning for training camps and practices.

But before they do, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s top medical chief is reminding head athletic trainers and team physicians about a rare, but important concern of theirs: sudden cardiac death.

In a memo, Brian Hainline, M.D., provides a reminder of significant recommendations the NCAA made this spring about pre-participation health screenings for athletes – and the need to bolster emergency response plans to ensure quick and potentially lifesaving responses to students who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

New Guidance on Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes Published

NCAA, medical specialists recommend all universities have well-rehearsed emergency action plan for sudden cardiac arrest.

EKG Screening for College Athletes

EKG screening for college athletes

There are legitimate concerns, but Dr. Hainline’s original proposal was the right one: We should begin targeted screening of some groups of college athletes — starting with those in sports that recent research indicates pose a high cardiovascular risk, such as basketball and soccer.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Participates in 7th Annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair

PITTSBURGH, PA-- The University of Pittsburgh basketball program hosted the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmage on October 25 at the Petersen Events Center. The health fair featured free blood pressure health screenings and educational heart health displays, including CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) demonstrations from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Emory Installs AED Devices to Help Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

When it comes to surviving sudden cardiac arrest, time is the enemy.

In fact, studies show that odds of survival are greatest when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is applied within three to five minutes of a witnessed collapse, says Sam Shartar, senior administrator for Emory's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

"The faster you can defibrillate someone, the more likely you can resuscitate them and help save a life," says Shartar. "AEDs have been proven to contribute to good outcomes."

Screening Young Athletes for Heart Disease

14-point checklist preferred over mandatory screening for all

The NCAA is developing guidelines to detect college athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death — an issue that recently riled university team physicians and is seeping into state legislatures, where lawmakers are pushing for mandated heart screenings for high school athletes.

But what will be missing from the NCAA guidelines — expected in 2016 — is a recommendation to automatically screen all college athletes with an electrocardiogram, a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity to check for a number of heart problems. Testing entire teams would pose a logistical and financial challenge for some universities. In addition, ECGs do not find every significant heart problem and can sometimes look abnormal in people with normal hearts.

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