Archive - 2012 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2012 - Campaign Article

October 18th

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society offers recommendations for identifying and preventing this potentially devastating medical condition in the physically active before tragedy occurs on the playing field.

Harrisburg, PA--After Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1610 (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act) on May 30, 2012, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact legislation protecting student athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). As a result of this law, coaches, parents, and athletes in the Commonwealth are now required to complete an educational session about SCA. Since the inception of these guidelines, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) has offered Sport Safety International’s online training program CardiacWise to these individuals free of charge. To date, more than 800 individuals have turned to PATS and CardiacWise to educate themselves regarding SCA.

October 10th

Doctors Torn Over Heart Screening for Young Athletes

NEW YORK - Christopher Storm was a high school freshman and track runner when doctors found an abnormality in his heart. Part of the muscle was thicker than it should have been, making it harder for it to send blood to the rest of his body.

The condition, known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death - when the heart abruptly stops beating.

Storm's disease was caught on an electrocardiogram (ECG), a test of the heart's electrical signals, done by volunteer doctors who visited his school, the Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, near his hometown of Naperville, as part of a community screening program offered to all students.

"There was nothing - no lightheadedness, no reason for me to believe that anything was wrong," Storm, now 17, said almost two years after that test.

October 6th

University of Hawaii Swimmer Dies from Apparent Cardiac Arrest

"Peter" Frank ChiHONOLULU - "Peter" Frank Chi, a member of the University of Hawai'i men's swimming team, died October 6 from an apparent cardiac arrest. Chi, 19, was found unresponsive in his dorm room in the early morning hours and was admitted to Straub Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Asbury University Student Dies After Collapsing During Rugby Game on Campus

Jeff McMillanERLANGER, KY - The campus of Asbury University was shocked this weekend by the sudden death of a student just months away from graduation.

Jeff McMillan, 24, of Florence was playing in a pick-up rugby game on the Wilmore campus when he collapsed about 1:25 p.m. Saturday. Friends who said they were lifeguards performed CPR until an ambulance arrived, said Michael Hughes, Jessamine County coroner. Mr. McMillan was taken to St. Joseph Jessamine in Nicholasville, where Hughes pronounced Mr. McMillan dead about two hours after he collapsed.

Hughes said an autopsy was performed in Frankfort on Sunday, but no cause of death has been determined.

University of Wisconsin Officers Honored for Helping Save Freshman's Life

Ryan ChildMENOMONIE, WI - When Ryan Child's heart stopped, his legs buckled beneath him and he hit the sidewalk face first.

To his friend David Winger, walking with Child across the campus of University of Wisconsin-Stout on Sept. 13, it did not look good for Child, 18, a freshman from Lake Geneva.

But the two had luck on their side: Two campus police officers were walking out of a building some 200 feet away.

On Friday, at the UW Board of Regents meeting, those officers, Jason Spetz and Lisa Pederson, received a prolonged standing ovation for saving Child's life.

October 4th

Post University Runner Dies After Collapsing at Meet

WATERBURY, CT - A 20-year-old Post University student has died after collapsing during a cross country meet last month.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of student-athlete Rob Roman, who died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia this morning after he collapsed on Saturday, Sept. 22, during a cross country meet,” Post University President and CEO Dr. Tom Samph said in a news release issued on Friday morning.

Roman, of New York, was a business administration major in his second season with the cross country and men’s basketball programs, according to Post. He died on Thursday night.

October 3rd

Quick-Thinking Coach, AED, Save High School Basketball Player

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--Excited to be on Central High School's basketball team, freshman Hunter Helton was looking forward to another conditioning practice Monday after school.

But during the practice, Hunter, 14, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and woke up hours later at East Tennessee Children's Hospital (ETCH).

"I didn't know anything," he said.

Hunter has his basketball coach, Jon Higgins, a former University of Tennessee basketball player, to thank for waking up at all, Hunter said. When his heart stopped, Higgins performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to revive Hunter.

October 1st

Cardiologist Speaks Out on SCA in Youth

CHICAGO, Ill.--It's always tragic when someone dies suddenly. But when such an unexpected event happens to a seemingly healthy child or young adult, it's especially devastating.

While such fatalities are extremely rare, the warning signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can often go undetected for years — and young athletes are especially vulnerable. With the fall sports season in full swing, we turned to Dr. Joseph Marek, a Downers Grove-based cardiologist with Midwest Heart Specialists-Advocate Medical Group and a member of medical advisory board of Parent Heart Watch. The Glencoe-based nonprofit will be holding a fundraiser Saturday at the Chicago Theatre, produced and directed by former ESPN Radio Chicago General Manager Bob Snyder, who lost his 17-year-old daughter to SCA in 2008, while she was playing soccer. 

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September 28th

Cardiac Arrests in Schools Usually Affects Adults, Not Students

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Student athletes collapsing from cardiac arrest in the middle of a game may grab headlines, but when someone's heart gives up at a school, it's usually not a youngster's.

In a new five-year study, researchers from Michigan found that only two out of 47 cardiac arrests at K-12 schools occurred during sports events. In fact, as many as a third of cases happened after 5 pm and mostly in adults.

"Schools are community-gathering places, and two-thirds of our cases were adults," said Dr. Robert Swor, an emergency physician at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak.

His findings, based on registries and interviews with bystanders and school officials across the country, show that fewer than two out of every 1,000 cardiac arrests overall happen at K-12 schools. Sixteen of the 47 cardiac arrests at schools involved minors.

September 26th

University of Ottawa Student Recovering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Paramedics and the University of Ottawa are crediting quick-thinking bystanders and a public defibrillator for helping a young man who suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday afternoon.

The 23-year-old was studying on the third floor of the university's Montpetit Hall at about 2:15 p.m. when his heart stopped.

Other students, staff and campus safety officers rushed to help.

A student nearby used an emergency phone to call security, who called 911. Over the phone, an emergency dispatcher gave CPR instructions to the group.

A public defibrillator unit was then found in a nearby lab.

"They administered one shock and then one of our paramedics arrived on scene and administered another. They continued CPR and after a third shock was delivered, he had a spontaneous return of pulse and was breathing on his own," said paramedic superintendent Stephanie Logan.

Mission & Vision

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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