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January 27th

School Offers Heart Screenings in Maggie’s Memory

January 22, 2007 – HeartScreen America will offer low-cost electrocardiograms (ECGs) at Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck, NY, on January 26-27 for students six years of age and older, parents, faculty and staff. The initiative to detect heart defects will be conducted in honor of Maggie O’Malley, a varsity athlete, who died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) last summer. She would have been a senior at Rhinebeck High School this year.

ECGs are not typically part of annual physicals at schools, but without them, potentially fatal heart abnormalities often go undetected until it is too late. For more information, see

January 26th

Mild Cooling Makes the Difference for College Student

January 26, 2007 – Oliver Trodyk, 22, a math and physics double major at Winona State University in Minnesota, was playing ultimate frisbee on December 5th, when he suddenly collapsed, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. His teammates thought he was having a seizure—they knew he had a history of asthma. They called for help and emergency medical services (EMS) arrived about 10 minutes later. Upon arrival, paramedics confirmed asystole on their monitor. With cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), ventricular fibrillation (VF) evolved and they were able to restore Trodyk’s pulse after four shocks with a defibrillator. He was transported to Winona Community Hospital and then transferred by Flight for Life to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

January 23rd

Teachers Use CPR, AED to Save Student

January 23, 2007 – HOUSTON – An 11th grader at Debakey High School for Health Professions was playing basketball in the school gym on January 11th when he suddenly collapsed. Students called 9-1-1 and ran for help. Elmer Villatoro, a physical education instructor, and two other teachers, provided CPR and used the school’s defibrillator to resuscitate the victim. According to school officials, the student remains in critical condition.

Debakey, named for the heart pioneer Michael Debakey, MD, is part of the Houston Independent School District. HISD last year became the first school district in Texas to place defibrillators in every school.

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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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