Archive - Aug 17, 2011

Archive - Aug 17, 2011

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PA Rep. Mike Vereb Legislation Protects Student Athletes Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PA Rep. Mike Vereb Legislation Protects Student Athletes Against SCA

Urging public awareness before the start of the fall school sports season, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) today held a press conference to discuss his legislation, House Bill 1610, to educate and safeguard student athletes against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is the leading cause of death in young athletes. In fact, according to news reports, approximately one out of every 180 students is at high risk for sudden cardiac death.

“Sudden cardiac arrest strikes quickly and unexpectedly,” Vereb said. “Parents and coaches need to be aware of the warning signs. Too often news reports contain stories of student athletes who die during a game or practice as a result of an unknown heart condition. Awareness is the first step toward prevention.”

Vereb’s legislation ensures that appropriate measures are taken when a student athlete shows symptoms of cardiac distress. Specifically, his legislation stipulates that:

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