Archive - Oct 24, 2013

Archive - Oct 24, 2013

Young Hearts for Life Screens Thousands of Students for Potential Heart Conditions

CHICAGO, IL--A couple thousand students at Naperville North High School have spent four minutes on massage chairs over the past two days, undergoing a “quick, simple and painless” test for potentially life-threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed and untreated.

The test is an EKG, which uses small, disc-shaped electrodes attached to the chest, arms and legs to monitor the heart’s electrical pulses for irregularities or signs of disease.

The Young Hearts for Life program founded by Dr. Joseph Marek, a cardiologist with an office at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, is leading the testing charge in Naperville and throughout the west and south suburbs.

NIH and CDC Launch Registry for Sudden Death in the Young

A registry of deaths in young people from conditions such as heart disease and epilepsy is being created to help researchers define the scope of the problem and set future research priorities. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating to create the Sudden Death in the Young Registry.

"The sudden death of a child is tragic and the impact on families and society is incalculable," said Jonathan Kaltman, M.D., chief of the Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch within the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). "This registry will collect comprehensive, population-based information on sudden unexpected death in youths up to age 24 in the United States. It is a critical first step toward figuring out how to best prevent these tragedies."

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