Archive - Oct 14, 2013

Archive - Oct 14, 2013

WNBA Star Tina Charles and Safe Kids Worldwide Team Up to Promote Sports Safety

More than 300 local youth athletes attend interactive sports safety clinic

Youth learning how to use AEDNEW YORK, NY-- More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents joined Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic on Saturday afternoon at the Riverbank State Park in New York. Participants learned how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions. They also learned the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Free Heart Screenings Offered to Student Athletes

LA PORTE, IN--In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital is offering free heart screenings to student athletes on a first-come, first-served basis.

Screenings are offered to area high school students, ages 15 and older, on:

• Thursday, Oct. 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 22 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 29 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to noon (all Central times)

A limited number of free screenings will be performed at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 E. Lincolnway, Ste. 102, in La Porte. Pre-registration is required by calling 219.326.2309. In addition, students must have signed parental consent and not be under the care of a physician for any cardiac-related conditions.

Simon's Fund: Checking Hearts to Save Lives

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA--It’s been nearly nine years since Phyllis Sudman of Plymouth Meeting put her 3½-month-old son, Simon, down for a nap. When she came to rouse him, he didn’t wake up.

Doctors diagnosed Simon with sudden infant death syndrome (“SIDS”). They suggested Sudman and her husband, Darren, get their hearts checked.

“I’ve never had any symptoms,” says Sudman, “but I was diagnosed with Long QT, which is an arrhythmia.”

Sudman says the hereditary Long QT syndrome is likely what caused Simon’s death. So, after grieving, she co-founded Simon’s Fund.

“Our focus is all about sudden cardiac arrest in children,” she says. “We don’t want any other family to go through what we’ve gone through.”

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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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