Archive - 2011 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2011 - Campaign Article

December 20th

Teachers Save Ninth Grade Student

RICHLAND, Wash. —Doctors say a Richland High School student who collapsed likely owes his life to two teachers who provided CPR and the athletic director who showed up with a defibrillator.

Principal Tim Praino says teachers John Bittinger and Paul Staley performed CPR on Jeremy Brewer while Mike Edwards administered the shock to his heart.

The ninth-grader collapsed Friday while running around outside school with friends during lunch. He was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in critical condition and then flown to Children's hospital in Seattle.

Praino wrote on the school website Sunday that Jeremy's father said he was talking with his parents and nurses. He had no memory of what happened to him. He'll be monitored for a few days to try to determine why his heart stopped.

December 14th

Texas Doctor Pushes for Mandatory Heart Screenings

Amarillo, TX -- An area doctor is pushing for mandatory heart screenings among young athletes. One area family supports this effort.

"This is the photo of when he played football at Pampa High School...he was 17-years-old," says Danita Salazar, sister. 21-year-old Chito Holguin suddenly died last February from cardiac arrest. "He had a little pain, kind of by his heart and up to his shoulder. About five minutes later he passed away," says Danita Salazar, sister.

The tragic death left his sister on a mission to warn others. "No matter how old you are or how young you are, you need to get checked because he was twenty-one and he was very healthy. For athletes now they do their running, their weightlifting and they think that they're healthy and nothing is wrong with them, like they're too young to have a heart attack," says Danita Salazar, sister.

December 8th

Bill Introduced to Raise Awareness in Schools About SCA and Cardiomyopathy

TENAFLY, N.J.-- Yesterday Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced the Cardiomyopathy Health Education, Awareness, Risk Assessment and Training in the Schools (HEARTS) Act to increase awareness of cardiomyopathy and the risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) among parents, schools and health professionals.   

December 6th

CPR Teacher Saves Student's Life

TORONTO -- Sheer coincidence saved the life of a Toronto high school student when a first aid instructor showed up just as he collapsed, emergency officials said.

Teacher Sean King was teaching first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to a Grade 9 class at Silverthorn Collegiate last month using mannequins, the Toronto Star reported. He went to the gym supply room to get a practice defibrillator and spotted fellow teacher Sharon McConnell kneeling by a Grade 12 basketball player on the floor, the Toronto Star reported Wednesday.

Using a real defibrillator, the two teachers restored the 17-year-old's breathing and pulse by the time paramedics arrived.

"The timing was ironic, because I had just been telling my students how important it is to know CPR, especially with the holidays coming up when they visit with elderly relatives," King told the Star.

New Guidelines for Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletes Announced

Members of 65 sports and health organizations met Tuesday in Washington, D.C., at the third annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, to review a new position statement issued by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) titled "Preventing Sudden Death in Sports." To be published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, the statement outlines 10 major health conditions and causes of sudden death among athletes, while also providing updated recommendations to ensure better prevention and treatment of sports injuries.

November 25th

Kylee and Family: A Special Thanksgiving

SOUTHLAKE, TX--Twelve-year-old Kylee Shea collapsed when walking to class. Thanks to the quick thinking of two coaches, she's alive today to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family.

Shea's heart stopped beating for three minutes. 

Now, holiday traditions for the Shea's will be forever changed: every moment seems like a miracle. It's something they're truely thankful for.

For nearly two days, family worked to prepare the Thanksgiving feast. It was complete with everything you'd expect: turkey, salad, stuffing, but the family meal was more than just a meal.

It was a celebration.

"This could have been a completely different thanksgiving," said Sheryl Shae.

"I remember walking to class, and feeling really tired, and trying to sit down, but falling over," said Kylee.

The whole thing caught on video. Kylee last remembers telling her friends to go on ahead.

November 21st

Arkansas Football Player Dies Suddenly from Undiagnosed Heart Condition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mourners lifted their hands as though in prayer, then gave a "Woo Pig Sooie" cheer Monday as they said goodbye to Garrett Uekman, the 19-year-old Arkansas football player who died suddenly last week from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Freshman Tight End at Arkansas Dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

FAYETTEVILLE, AK--One day after earning a 44-17 victory over Mississippi State, the Arkansas Razorbacks are now mourning the death of freshman tight end Garrett Uekman. Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center. 

Garrett Uekman was 19 years old.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have announced a Monday night candle light vigil in his memory. Grief counselors have been made available to Razorbacks players by the school.

Uekman was discovered unresponsive in his dorm at 11:15 am Sunday, not long after being spotted playing video games and apparently healthy. He was pronounced dead at 12:10 pm after suffering cardiac arrest. 

November 18th

Schools Ignore AHA Heart Screening Guidelines

A state survey in Washington provides a disturbing look at how “off the radar” the risk of sudden cardiac deaths for young athletes is. Fewer than six percent of doctors were fully complying with guidelines provided by the American Heart Association for doctors to use while they did sports physicals. Equally sobering, fewer than half the doctors responding were aware the guidelines existed.

As for athletic trainers, about six percent said they knew the guidelines existed. The AHA published 12-point sudden cardiac death screening guidelines for athletes in 1996. It re-affirmed them in 2007. These are eight medical history questions and four physical exam elements, including listening to the heart and checking blood pressure.

More than 7 million people in the United States are playing high school athletics. One out of every 30,000 to 50,000 of them die annually from sudden cardiac deaths outside the hospital, according to the American Heart Association.

November 15th

Heart Screening Effectively Identifies High School Students at Risk of Sudden Death

Beaumont Health System research featured at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando

ROYAL OAK, MI (PRWEB)--A Beaumont Health System program launched in 2007 to screen high school students for sudden cardiac death risk has proven to be a low-cost, effective, accessible and sustainable method of identifying heart conditions.

Kim Bonzheim, director, Cardiology Services at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., presented research results of Beaumont’s “Healthy Heart Check” student screening program on Nov. 14 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla.

“Using physician volunteers and paid technical staff, we have developed a rapid, low-cost, scalable model to effectively screen large numbers of high school students for sudden cardiac death risk and other heart conditions,” says Bonzheim.

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