Archive - Oct 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - Oct 2013 - Campaign Article

October 26th

Taking Early Aim at Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PHILADELPHIA, PA--How many children drop dead every year of sudden cardiac arrest? One thousand? Three thousand?  

"We don't know," said Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The problem is we don't have a registry in the U.S."

The federal government last week said it will help develop a pediatric registry for sudden deaths. To better determine who is at risk of dying, from which cardiac disorder, a local group is also planning a database with results of electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other records for researchers.

October 24th

Young Hearts for Life Screens Thousands of Students for Potential Heart Conditions

CHICAGO, IL--A couple thousand students at Naperville North High School have spent four minutes on massage chairs over the past two days, undergoing a “quick, simple and painless” test for potentially life-threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed and untreated.

The test is an EKG, which uses small, disc-shaped electrodes attached to the chest, arms and legs to monitor the heart’s electrical pulses for irregularities or signs of disease.

The Young Hearts for Life program founded by Dr. Joseph Marek, a cardiologist with an office at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, is leading the testing charge in Naperville and throughout the west and south suburbs.

October 22nd

The Janet Fund to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

AEDMARTINSVILLE, NJ--This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools. 

October 18th

AEDs in Place in Tewksbury, NJ, Parks

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ-- If the excitment of the action on the playing fields gets to be too much for somebody's heart, defibrillators are on hand to help.

The automated external defibrillators.(AEDs) are now available in all Tewksbury parks after the Tewksbury Athletic Association campaigned for them last year. The TAA did fundraising and the Township Committee pitched in. The Tewksbury Rescue Squad did the training.

The rescue squad is also planning to hold CPR classes for the public.

Tewksbury Athletic Association wanted to have AEDs located at its fields in case of an emergency.

An AED is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest. Applied outside the body, it automatically analyzes the patient's heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heart beat.

October 17th

Volleyball Player Resuscitated After Collapsing on Court

Defibrillator used to rescue Ouellette

ONTEORA, NY--Heroes and life-and-death situations are clichés in the sports world, but they were quite real during Thursday's volleyball match between Onteora and Wallkill.

Onteora junior Makalia Ouellette walked over to coach Brittany Alexander during the match at Wallkill complaining that she wasn't feeling well and thought she might pass out. Alexander called timeout as Ouellette collapsed into her arms.

Alexander said she yelled for help and "people came running." After laying Ouellette flat on the court, Alexander immediately began performing CPR. Ouellette was unconscious and "turning blue and not breathing," Alexander said. Onteora assistant coach Nicole Saunders found Wallkill's automated external defibrillator and gave Ouellette a shock that caused her to regain consciousness.

October 14th

Use of AED Saves Referee's Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--An automated external defibrillator, commonly known as an "AED" is the piece of medical equipment responsible for saving Pete Swiggum's life Monday, after he collapsed onto the field while officiating a football game at Notre Dame Academy.

"I was just reffing the game, I had just spotted the football and walked around the defensive line to get to my position and the lights went out," explains Swiggum, "It was something related to my heart having a small leak."

"It was very surreal, and very scary," says Notre Dame Athletic Director Ken Flaten.

Terry Hess is a Prevea Health Athletic Trainer who is present at every Notre Dame sporting event. He came to the rescue with the AED, something Notre Dame has had for years but never used.

WNBA Star Tina Charles and Safe Kids Worldwide Team Up to Promote Sports Safety

More than 300 local youth athletes attend interactive sports safety clinic

Youth learning how to use AEDNEW YORK, NY-- More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents joined Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic on Saturday afternoon at the Riverbank State Park in New York. Participants learned how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions. They also learned the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Free Heart Screenings Offered to Student Athletes

LA PORTE, IN--In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital is offering free heart screenings to student athletes on a first-come, first-served basis.

Screenings are offered to area high school students, ages 15 and older, on:

• Thursday, Oct. 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 22 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 29 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to noon (all Central times)

A limited number of free screenings will be performed at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 E. Lincolnway, Ste. 102, in La Porte. Pre-registration is required by calling 219.326.2309. In addition, students must have signed parental consent and not be under the care of a physician for any cardiac-related conditions.

October 13th

Simon's Fund: Checking Hearts to Save Lives

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA--It’s been nearly nine years since Phyllis Sudman of Plymouth Meeting put her 3½-month-old son, Simon, down for a nap. When she came to rouse him, he didn’t wake up.

Doctors diagnosed Simon with sudden infant death syndrome (“SIDS”). They suggested Sudman and her husband, Darren, get their hearts checked.

“I’ve never had any symptoms,” says Sudman, “but I was diagnosed with Long QT, which is an arrhythmia.”

Sudman says the hereditary Long QT syndrome is likely what caused Simon’s death. So, after grieving, she co-founded Simon’s Fund.

“Our focus is all about sudden cardiac arrest in children,” she says. “We don’t want any other family to go through what we’ve gone through.”

October 11th

Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Supports SB 606

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society supports SB 606 and calls for legislators to support this piece of legislation. The goal of this piece of legislation is to ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator that is up to date and ready to use.

HARRISBURG, PA--October is recognized as "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania as well as across the country. SB 606, cosponsored by Senators Dinniman (D-Chester) and Rafferty (R-Montgomery), would help to ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use. The bill would amend the Public School Code to require the Pennsylvania Department of Education begin a grant program for schools to purchase automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs) beginning in FY 2013-2014.

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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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