Archive - Aug 15, 2011

Archive - Aug 15, 2011

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U of Michigan Helps Schools Develop Rapid Response Programs

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center helps schools develop rapid response readiness programs to prepare for emergencies on and off the field

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As the fall sports season starts for students, millions will hit the court, the rink and the field. Every year, it seems we hear a tragic story of a young person suffering a cardiac event while participating in school sports. But who is at risk for a cardiac event and what screening process is recommended for student athletes?

“Every year, we hear about deaths among young athletes on the sports field or on the court,” says Mark Russell, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“It is a very devastating but very uncommon event. It will occur in about 100 athletes a year throughout the United States, and that’s an incidence of about 1 in about 40,000.

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