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September 25th

All Calgary High Schools to Get AEDs

September 25, 2007–CALGARY–Calgary's public school will place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all 21 senior high schools. The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) says this is the first phase of a plan to have them installed in all of its schools.

According to CBE spokesperson Ted Flitton, high-school students are at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) especially during strenuous physical activity. The AEDs will help not only students and staff, he said, but also community groups that use the schools after hours.

Calgary is the first school district in western Canada to install the lifesaving devices. It will cost $39,270 to outfit all the city's public high schools.

One hundred children die from SCA In Canada each year.

September 19th

Bystanders Save SCA Victim in High School Gym

September 19, 2007–GRAYSLAKE, Ill.–Three bystanders are credited with saving a man’s life while he waited to get into a pick-up basketball game Sunday night at Grayslake Central High School.

Grayslake Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Greg Formica said the victim, a 58-year-old Hainesville man, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was revived before paramedics reached the school gymnasium.

Formica said the Hainesville man remained at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Tuesday. He said use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is one reason the man is alive.

Jason Bullman, 35, of Grayslake said he was playing in one of the pick-up games when the man, known to him only as Mike, collapsed. About 40 people were present for the open gym time.

September 5th

Texas Officials Sign AED Law

September 5, 2007–AUSTIN–Today, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, visited schools in Austin, Houston and San Antonio to ceremonially sign Senate Bill 7, which requires every public school campus to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) readily available at all University Interscholastic League athletic practices and competitions. Equipping schools with AEDs will increase the survival chance for students who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while at school or participating in athletics.

“In a state that has long set the national standard for athletic competition, this bill establishes a benchmark for student safety by requiring the presence of an essential life-saving device at school activities,” said Perry. “Texas knows the importance of putting our students first by taking common sense steps to reduce risk, and improve the chances of survival.”

September 4th

Beaumont Hospitals and Channel 7 Offer Free Heart Screenings to High School Students

September 4, 2007–DETROIT–The "7's Health Edge Heart Check" program is a new screening program offered by Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy Michigan to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports. The screening program combines a simple health history and noninvasive screening to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects approximately one in 500 people, and does not usually have any symptoms. The stress on the heart during strenuous activities puts our student athletes at higher risk for sudden death.

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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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