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May 26th

Experts Recommend Preparticipation Cardiac Screening For College Athletes

Sudden cardiac death in young athletes who had not previously exhibited symptoms is a relatively rare yet tragic event. This occurs in around 60-80 young athletes annually in the United States. In the June 2011 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers collected electrocardiograms and echocardiograms of 964 athletes at a single university and found that distinct ECG abnormalities were present in 10% and were more common in males as well as black athletes. Two athletes were subsequently excluded from competition. 

May 20th

SCA Coalition Supports Josh Miller HEARTS Act

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, an ad hoc group of more than 40 nonprofit organizations that focus on some aspect of sudden cardiac arrest, have endorsed the Josh Miller HEARTS (Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools) Act, which would enable every elementary and secondary school in the U.S. to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs). 
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May 13th

May 9th

Study: Heart Screening in Schools is Feasible and Affordable

SAN FRANCISCO -- A program that screened all students at a Chicago-area school for heart problems was clinically successful, but drew criticism for its broad scope and expected costs.

Among the more than 50,000 teens screened with electrocardiograms at school through the program, 2.16% showed significant abnormalities that required further follow up, Joseph C. Marek, MD, of the Midwest Heart Foundation in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and colleagues reported.

"It's feasible to do," Marek noted during his presentation at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting.

May 4th

McGill University Launches AED Program

MONTREAL--McGill University has purchased and installed 30 additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), bringing the number of AED units on its campuses to 51. The University is now urging all members of the McGill Community to familiarize themselves with the location of the defibrillators, especially those nearest to one’s regular places of work or study. More...

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