Archive - Mar 9, 2012

Archive - Mar 9, 2012

Though Rare, SCA a Risk in Lacrosse

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Most often SCA occurs as the result of ventricular fibrillation (VF), an abrupt irregular rhythm that causes the heart to quiver ineffectively, rather than pumping normally.

In lacrosse and other sports such as baseball and hockey, however, another unpredictable and relatively uncommon source of cardiac death has been recognized — commotio cordis. Commotio cordis can occur when a blunt injury to the chest sends a small electrical charge to the heart. If this occurs within a specific time frame — just milliseconds — relative to the heart's electrical cycle, VF may be induced.

CPR Training May Become Mandatory in Missouri High Schools

In addition to earning credits in subjects like English and science, Missouri high school students could be required to be proficient in CPR.

House Bill 1337, sponsored by Rep. Rick Stream, R-District 94, would take effect in fall 2014 if passed. The bill requires students to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to graduate high school.

“Instruction may be embedded in any health education course,” the bill states. “Instruction shall be based on a program established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, or through a nationally recognized program based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines, and psychomotor skills development shall be incorporated into the instruction.”

EKG Testing May Identify Fatal Heart Conditions in Children

Each year, between one and six of every 100,000 U.S. children are a victim of sudden cardiac death, according to research published in Pediatrics. In many of these cases, underlying, undiagnosed heart trouble is responsible. A new study suggests that routine mass electrocardiogram (EKG) screening could help identify these problems earlier, and potentially save children's lives.

Although EKG exams, which record electrical activity in the heart, could help identify these heart problems, many questions remain about how and when to use them.

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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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