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November 25th

Preventative Screening for Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Debated

Authors disagree on real cost of screening

While ensuring the safety of high school and college athletes is hardly controversial, the method and associated costs of doing so are hotly debated. Conducting electrocardiographic (ECG) screenings of all young competitive athletes in the United States would cost up to $69 billion over 20 years and save about 4,813 lives, making the cost per life saved over $10 million, according to a study published online today in theJournal of the American College of Cardiology.

November 18th

Bakersfield, CA, High School Student Collapses and Dies from SCA

Bakersville, CA--A 15-year-old boy collapsed and died during a physical education class at Centennial High School.

Caleb Hannink died at 2:28 p.m. Thursday, according to the Kern County Coroner's Office.

The school called an ambulance immediately and it arrived within five minutes, but the boy died after he was taken to Bakersfield Heart Hospital, according to Kern High School District spokesman John Teves.

Grief counselors were on campus Friday, he said.

"He was a good kid," Teves said. "He was well-liked. They're having a tough time. We're trying to help them the best we can."

SOURCE: The Bakersfield Californian

November 15th

After Coach Nearly Dies, Students Learn CPR

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. – By 2014, all children in public schools in Minnesota will be required to have a class in CPR.

But, after a big scare at Belle Plaine Junior/Senior High School earlier this year, students there are already learning how to save lives.

On Friday morning, just about 500 high schoolers took part in a CPR/AED course put on by the Belle Plaine Fire and Police Department, as well as the Ridgeview Medical Center.

At first, it looked like a strange dance. Hundreds of kids yelling, and their bodies moving to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive.”

That’s the beat that’s now used to do CPR and the beat that helped save teacher and football coach Ken Wick’s life.

The last thing Wick remembers from Sept. 11, 2012 is heading to his seventh grade football practice. He had been watching warm-ups when another coach told him he went down.

November 12th

Minority and Suburban Children at Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

LOS ANGELES -- Among children who suffered sudden cardiac death (SCD), significant risk factors included being black, Hispanic, older than 6 months, and living in the suburbs.

Victoria L. Vetter, M.D., and colleagues reviewed a dataset from 16 states from 2005 to 2009 in records maintained by the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths. Among 1,099 cases of child cardiovascular deaths, the team identified 63 percent as SCD and 37 percent as non-sudden cardiovascular death. Prior conditions, identified in 49 percent of the children who died, included congenital heart defects, cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia, with most deaths occurring at home or school (30 percent) or in the hospital (40 percent).

November 8th

Tennessee State Football Player Collapses, Dies at Practice

Tennessee State walk-on football player William Wayne Jones III collapsed Wednesday during a non-contact practice and later died, coach Rod Reed said.

Jones, 19, was a freshman defensive back who hadn't played in a game for the Tigers because he was being redshirted.

He had caught a football in the early stages of the practice, which began just after 4 p.m., and was returning the ball to defensive backs coach Ed Sanders when he fell to the grass.

"We didn't think it was anything serious, but the trainers checked on him right away," Reed said.

The trainers found Jones unconscious and without a pulse and immediately tried to revive him, Reed said.

An ambulance was called and Jones was transported to Baptist Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.

Reed said he knew of no pre-existing conditions that would indicate Jones' health was at risk.

The players were wearing helmets but not in full gear.

November 5th

ASU Recognized for Its 'HEART Safe' Program

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) this week recognized Arizona State University as one of the first participants in its HEART Safe program. 

HEART Safe is part of the ADHS Save Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education (SHARE) program, administered by the Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems.

To qualify for the two-year designation, businesses or community groups must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a written plan for cardiac arrest response
  • Offer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and have trained at least 50 percent of staff
  • Have an on-site AED that is registered with the ADHS.

“The ASU AED program is one of the oldest and the largest university AED program in the United States,” said Jim Gibbs, ASU Fire Marshall.

November 1st

New Study Reports ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risks

Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.

University of Florida researchers analyzed data from 1.2 million U.S. youths in Medicaid programs in 28 states, and found that the per-year risk of any child suffering a severe cardiac event was about one in 30,000. Severe cardiac events include sudden cardiac death, heart attack and stroke, and are typically caused by underlying heart disease.

Children taking ADHD drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin did not have a greater risk of severe cardiac events than other children, according to the study published recently in the British Medical Journal.

The results confirm previous studies that concluded that the use of such stimulants by children and young adults does not increase the short-term risk of serious heart problems.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Colleges to Ensure Campuses Are Prepared to Prevent Unexpected Cardiac Death Among Students, Faculty, and Visitors

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 1,000 people each day, including college students, faculty and visitors. Survival rates could increase from 8 to 38% if more people understood the need for immediate bystander intervention with CPR and user-friendly automated external defibrillators. Colleges are microcosms of the community at large. It's time to plan for sudden cardiac emergencies that can happen to anyone, of any age, in any setting--including college campuses. Learn more at

"I just can't believe what they did for me. They literally gave me the gift of life." -- Walter Watts, 21

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

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