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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.

November 14th

Sudden Death of 16-Year-Old Hockey Player Sparks Debate over Safety

EDMONTON--In the National Hockey League last season, 24 of its 30 teams blocked over 550 shots during the 82-game regular season. It's become an essential facet of team defense at the pro level: Sacrificing the body, and one's own safety, to deflect a speeding puck, hoping that a player's equipment sufficiently protects them.

Kyle Fundytus, 16, played defense for the Don Wheaton Midget AA team in Edmonton. Last weekend, he slid to the ice to block a slap-shot from an opponent, something his coach, Nathan Papirny, said he'd do with regularity. What happened next, according to Papirny, was a "once in a 10 million" accident that cost Fundytus his life. The puck struck Fundytus in the neck, sending him into cardiac arrest.

November 6th

Students Celebrate Collegiate EMS Week, Teach CPR

College campuses can be fertile ground for injury and illness. From the close quarters and sometimes-dubious hygiene to the immoderate consumption and plain old recklessness of youth, students can find themselves in frequent need of emergency medical services.

That’s one of the reasons college EMS services are important. We celebrate those starting today with Collegiate EMS Week.

Modeled after the National EMS Week observed in May and similarly sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Collegiate EMS Week is held the second week of each November to recognize and celebrate campus EMS. Like their counterparts in the community at large, college EMSers can also use the opportunity to highlight what they do and educate those who might need them—on campus or off.

November 3rd

ECGs May Help Prevent Sudden Death in US High School Students

Electrocardiograms may help prevent sudden cardiac death in US high school students, data from a recent study showed. Through the Young Hearts for Life screening program, 32,561 high school students in suburban Chicago (51% boys; mean age, 16 years) participated in ECG screenings between September 2006 and May 2009. Abnormal and unacceptable ECGs were determined and required further evaluation. To complete the study on a large scale, community volunteers participated in a controlled training program.

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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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