Archive - 2012 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2012 - Campaign Article

March 10th

Schools Raise $30,000 for AEDs

Slidell, LA--She did it. A petite brunette who lost her son Sept. 29, 2011, mere months ago, to heart disease, Ann Hebert was determined that no other mom would have to go through what she did. In working through their grief, she and husband Marius formed the Jeremy Michael Hebert Trust Fund with the Northshore Community Foundation and began raising money to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for each school in the parish.

“I never want any other family to go through what we went through if it could be helped,” she said. Thursday night it was announced they had accomplished their initial goal.

At the February meeting of the St. Tammany Parish School Board, Feb. 9, it was announced that there would be a Jerseys for Jeremy Day Feb. 29 to raise funds for the Foundation. Students wore their favorite team jersey for a $1 donation. In fact, many did not wear their jersey, but donated the money anyway. One student said, “I made $2 and want to give it all.”

March 8th

Though Rare, SCA a Risk in Lacrosse

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Most often SCA occurs as the result of ventricular fibrillation (VF), an abrupt irregular rhythm that causes the heart to quiver ineffectively, rather than pumping normally.

In lacrosse and other sports such as baseball and hockey, however, another unpredictable and relatively uncommon source of cardiac death has been recognized — commotio cordis. Commotio cordis can occur when a blunt injury to the chest sends a small electrical charge to the heart. If this occurs within a specific time frame — just milliseconds — relative to the heart's electrical cycle, VF may be induced.

CPR Training May Become Mandatory in Missouri High Schools

In addition to earning credits in subjects like English and science, Missouri high school students could be required to be proficient in CPR.

House Bill 1337, sponsored by Rep. Rick Stream, R-District 94, would take effect in fall 2014 if passed. The bill requires students to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to graduate high school.

“Instruction may be embedded in any health education course,” the bill states. “Instruction shall be based on a program established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, or through a nationally recognized program based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines, and psychomotor skills development shall be incorporated into the instruction.”

EKG Testing May Identify Fatal Heart Conditions in Children

Each year, between one and six of every 100,000 U.S. children are a victim of sudden cardiac death, according to research published in Pediatrics. In many of these cases, underlying, undiagnosed heart trouble is responsible. A new study suggests that routine mass electrocardiogram (EKG) screening could help identify these problems earlier, and potentially save children's lives.

Although EKG exams, which record electrical activity in the heart, could help identify these heart problems, many questions remain about how and when to use them.

February 23rd

Study Suggests Criteria for ICDs in Youth

MIAMI - Underscoring the fact that children should not be treated as small adults, a study led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, professor and chair of pediatrics and executive associate dean for child health, found that less than 3 percent of children diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy die suddenly and unexpectedly.

The finding suggests that relatively few pediatric patients with weakened and enlarged hearts may benefit from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), the battery-powered devices that, based on recommendations for adults, are routinely implanted in some of these children to prevent sudden cardiac death.

February 19th

Massachusetts Legislators Promote Lifesaving Bill for Schools

BOSTON —  Legislation to require schools to put special plans in place for medical emergencies and to have lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators available for use at sporting events cleared the Senate last week and is poised for final action in the House. 

State Rep. John J. Binienda, D-Worcester, said if the bill comes to the Rules Committee, which he chairs, he will not hesitate to advance it to the full House.

“I am wholeheartedly in support of this bill,” Mr. Binienda said of the legislation, which died without action at the end of the 2010 legislative session but was refiled in the current session.

February 15th

Proponents of PA Legislation to Help Save Young Athletes Bring Message to State Capitol

HARRISBURG--Proponents of legislation that would address sudden cardiac arrest in school athletes took their message to the Capitol on Valentine’s Day. The goal of their legislative proposal is to educate and prevent the number one killer of youth athletes.

HB1610 unanimously passed the State House of Representatives. Now, supporters are lobbying state senators to approve the bill that would require training about the warning signs, diagnosis and treatment options.

Coaches, athletic trainers, sports officials and even referees would be required to take on-line training about the conditions requiring players to be removed from the playing fields if they show symptoms. It would also require medical clearance before the athlete can return to the field. 

Representative Mike Vereb, prime sponsor of the bill, says the class will be available on-line at the State Health Department website. Prevention and education are vital.

State Senators Say CPR Training in Schools Should be Mandatory

Vermont State Senators gave preliminary approval Tuesday morning to a bill that would make the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation mandatory. Some senators say they worry about the state imposing mandates on schools. Senator Randy Brock says he'd normally oppose mandates, but he says this case is different.

"As I look at what we're asking here today, it's very rare that this body has the ability to do something that actually can save a human life," said Brock. "We aren't called upon to do that very often. We're called upon to do that here. And for that reason I think this is something that should pass. And I will be voting in favor of it."

The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote. Senators still have to vote once more before sending the proposal on to the House.


January 31st

Family Wants AEDs at All Schools

SAN DIEGO--A piece of equipment saved the life of an El Cajon high school student, and now his family is pushing for all schools to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on campus.

Last September, Jacob Huerta was in his English class at Granite Hills High School when he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was only 15 years old.

"The nurse came with an AED and the next time I woke up, I was in the hospital," said Jacob, who also suffers from seizures.

After the incident on campus, he was in the hospital for a month. Doctors eventually implanted a defibrillator/pacemaker to regulate his heart, something very unusual for someone so young.

"It's always frightening … to know you're going to go to the hospital, and not know the conclusion when you get there," said Jacob's father, Richard Huerta.

Every school in the Grossmont Union High School District has an AED on campus, but it is not required by California law.

January 25th

High School Football Coach Dies from SCA

Ryan Daniel, 30, who also taught special education students, had the heart attack before the arrival of students, the district said.

Daniel was a Buford High graduate who returned to the school nearly five years ago to teach and coach after graduating from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he played football.

“It’s been a day of grieving,” Buford High Athletic Director Dexter Wood told the AJC. “He left a rich, rich legacy of love for this place and love for people.”

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