Archive - Jan 2009

Archive - Jan 2009

January 30th

Nevada - Churchill County Schools Are Ready

Churchill County Junior High School nurse Janice Meroth saved the life of a student who had a cardiac emergency in December.
The close call prompted the school board to approve the purchase of two automated external defibrillators (AED) and accessories for both the junior and senior high schools.

The Reviving Hearts Program Deploys AEDs Throughout Indiana

The Reviving Hearts Program

The Reviving Hearts Program has been designed by the Cardiovascular Research and Education Foundation of Indiana (CREFI) and The Care Group.
The goal of this community program is to place over 400 Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) into Indiana High Schools over five years. (details here)  
To date over 20 AEDs have been deployed.

This year they are holding a Dining A La Heart Fundraiser to benefit the placement of AEDs, with training and follow up procedures, in local high schools—for every $2500 raised one more school can be “protected”.

January 29th

Championship Hearts Foundation - Austin, TX

Championship Hearts Foundation offers free heart screenings for student athletes, ages 14-18, at the Heart Hospital of Austin.

This quarterly event is offered as a community service, with generous volunteer support of cardiologists from Children’s Cardiology Associates of Austin, Heart & Vascular of Central Texas, and Austin Heart.

Over 6000 students have been screened at Championship Hearts events during the last eight years, with around 1% having been referred for further cardiac testing. The noninvasive screening test uses a limited, two-dimensional echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart to detect Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes. The test takes around two to five minute and is painless.

Screening event attendees (students
and parents) also learn about the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

January 28th

Successful Screening for Long QT in Indiana

Jackie Renfrow is on a mission. She wants to see heart screenings in all the schools of Perry Township, Johnson County, IN.

Jackie has a personal reason for implementing this potentially life saving test. Her two children were lost to a condition called Long QT syndrome. They were unaware of this genetic disease, until another family member was diagnosed, luckily before the fatal symptoms appeared.

Jackie knows the testing is worthwhile for another reason. She successfully raised enough money at a charity event in December 2008, to start the testing. “We screened 72 children and found 3 heart problems, and 1 with Long QT!” Jackie said.

With over 14,000 students in the Perry Township she has many more chances to save lives. If Jackie can keep the momentum going she hopes to have regular screening throughout Indiana.

You can find out more at her website

A Textbook Case of the “Chain of Survival”

Doug Chrisman at the CIA

In a textbook case of the “Chain of Survival” — 9-1-1 was called, CPR started, and the AED used within just a few minutes of Doug Chrisman’s collapse.

It was early one Monday morning, and Doug, a student at the Culinary Institute of America, was busy skimming the stock in preparation for that day’s class. The stock didn’t make it. Doug did. His classmates saw the freshman from Missouri collapse, and one of them ran to get the nurse. The chef called the Safety Office and an AED was immediately brought to the scene. Doug was unresponsive and his pulse had disappeared, his face was turning blue — they only had minutes before he would die.

January 27th

Joined SCA Foundation

Today I joined the SCA foundation.  I am grateful to be able to do so.  I found this site link on the PBS The Mysterious Human Heart resources webpage. Thank you to PBS and this foundation for bringing people together. 

I survived a sudden cardiac arrest on March 1, 2008, almost one year ago.  My family and I feel so blessed that I made it.  But it would not have been possible without the help of volunteers who performed CPR as soon as they were able to reach me.

May God bless the angels of this world that walk among us ready to lend a hand in any moment.

With much Love,


January 26th

You Could Start With an Educational Project…

Stories of the heart poster boards

The Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, Florida, has a special class of art students that took on a difficult project with lots of heart.

Mary Ellen Murray's art class for middle and high school students recently honored young lives lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Screening Young Athletes for Heart Problems Also Saves Lives

Almost twice a week, a young athlete dies without warning from sudden cardiac arrest. Many times the cause is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This disease causes a thickening of the heart muscle, and is often detectable before symptoms appear.

Minnesota State High School League screens their athletes, starting by simply asking the right questions on a medical form for high school sports physicals.

Their MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical History Form contains over 50 questions including:

  • Have you ever passed out or nearly passed out during exercise?

  • Have you ever had discomfort, pain, tightness or pressure in your chest during exercise?
  • Has any family member or relative died of a heart problem or of sudden death before the age of 50?

These questions are also included in their Annual Sports Health Questionnaire.

There Are State Sponsored Screening Programs...

In 2007, the Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 7) allocated $1 million for a statewide study to see whether EKGs – electrocardiograms – and echocardiograms should be mandatory for students. The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas was chosen to conduct the study, along with researchers in Austin and Houston, to investigate the possibility of statewide screening for students.

Parent Heart Watch Wants to Know - Does Your School Make the Grade?

Parent Heart Watch

What grade is that?

It’s a program supported by Parent Heart Watch as a way of measuring how well protected your school is for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Making the Grade is an evaluation tool for all schools from pre-schools to colleges and universities. An AED program must meet certain criteria in order to be successful.
The program encourages parents to become more involved with the presence of automated external defibrillator in their children’s schools or schools in their community.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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