Archive - Sep 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - Sep 2013 - Campaign Article

September 26th

Mobile Unit to Test Athletes for Cardiac Problems

MASSILLON, OH--Undiagnosed heart conditions can be a problem for student athletes. But a former Washington High School athlete hopes he can help prevent complications from heart problems in athletes.

Bart Letcavits is working with mCore — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to bring cardiac screening to the high school. mCore was created by Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz in response to the rising number of SCA deaths of student athletes, he said.

Letcavits said sudden cardiac deaths can be prevented with a few simple tests.

On Tuesday , mCore will bring a military-grade mobile unit to the high school to offer echocardiograms, a 3-D look at the heart, and electrocardiograms. Cardiologists will review the tests, Letcavits said.

The cardiologists then will make recommendations to parents about the findings, he said.

September 25th

Coroner: LaPorte IN Football Player Died from Heart Condition

LAPORTE, IN--A LaPorte High School football player died Wednesday from a genetic heart condition that caused sudden cardiac arrest. Jake West, 17, collapsed just after 5 p.m. Wednesday running laps during practice at Kiwanis Field.

LaPorte County Deputy Coroner Mark Baker said a Thursday autopsy showed Baker died from arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Baker said the condition is a thinning of the right ventricle walls where the area thinned turns to fat, leaving the heart unable to pump blood. The result is sudden cardiac arrest, he said.

September 23rd

Baltimore Middle Schools Receive Lifesaving Donation of AEDs

BALTIMORE, MD--Johns Hopkins Medicine has teamed up with a local philanthropic foundation to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs), to 10 Baltimore City middle schools for use, if needed, during sporting events and practices. The portable devices, which are used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, can save the life of a student athlete, coach or spectator who collapses during practice or a game due to a heart rhythm disorder that causes sudden cardiac arrest.

The AEDs were donated on Sept. 24, 2013, at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore at an event with officials of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Israel and Mollie Myers Foundation and principals and coaches from the schools receiving the AEDs.

September 19th

Wichita State Basketball Player Denied Medical Clearance

WICHITA, KS--D.J. Bowles has been denied medical clearance to return to athletic participation by the WSU-ICAA and the medical staff due to a cardiac condition, but has been extended an opportunity for Wichita State to honor all four years of his scholarship aid, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced today.

"Our main concern is the health and well-being of D.J. for the rest of his life," Sexton said. "He is an outstanding young man from a great family who has had a very traumatic 17 days. We hope that he will stay and complete his education at Wichita State, and have extended the commitment to honor his scholarship to he and his family."

After extensive tests in Wichita and at the Mayo Clinic, Bowles underwent surgery to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) installed on Thurs., Sept. 12, at the Mayo Clinic. 

"Aidan's Law" Would Help Ensure Public Schools in Pennsylvania Have AEDs

Aidan's LawHARRISBURG, PA--Senator Andrew Dinniman (D-19th District) is leading the charge to ensure that all public schools in Pennsylvania have automated external defibrillators (AEDs). He has sponsored Senate Bill 606, "Aidan's Law," named for Aidan Silva, a seven-year-old Chester County resident who succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest on September 4, 2010. Aidan had no symptoms of a heart condition prior to his death.

September 16th

Ohio Bill Seeks Cardiac Arrest Guidelines for Athletes

CINCINNATI--A Cincinnati lawmaker has introduced a bill focused on sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes.

House Bill 180 requires the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education to jointly develop guidelines and materials to educate students, parents and coaches about sudden cardiac arrest.

Before each athletic season, the proposal authorizes a school to hold an informational meeting regarding the symptoms and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

How Schools Are Preventing Athletic Emergencies

With the start of football and the rest of the 2013-2014 school athletic calendar, districts are looking at new laws and training recommendations to help avoid deadly health problems among the 7.5 million students who will play high school sports this year.

Experts say that deaths from heat stroke and sudden cardiac arrest—the medical emergencies that most commonly kill students during athletic practice and events—are largely preventable. “Kids who participate in high school sports or at any level have the right to be in as safe an environment as we can provide,” says Jim Thornton, president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), which issued recommendations in June to prevent sudden death in secondary school athletes.

September 14th

Hundreds of Teens Given Heart Screenings in Coronado

CORONADO, CA--Hundreds of teenagers were given heart screenings in Coronado on Sunday that were organized by the parents of a local teenager who died from sudden cardiac arrest.

The second leading cause of death in America in those under 25 is sudden cardiac arrest. For basketball player Baxton Smith, a heart condition is not something he ever thought about.

"It's really scary to think about because you never know it could happen to you or someone close to you," he said.

It is a reality that changed the lives of the Paredes family in 2009. Their son Eric, who was a wrestler and basketball player, collapsed in the kitchen and died. He was diagnosed with sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly half a dozen deaths in San Diego each year.

After Paredes' death, Devin Lawson--who went to school with him--decided to get checked out. He received an EKG and learned he had a hole in his heart.

September 13th

Utah State's Danny Berger Returns to the Floor After Collapsing in December

On Dec. 4, Utah State forward Danny Berger collapsed during practice, and had stopped breathing. The trainers rushed to his side, performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to save the junior forward’s life.

Nine months later, the 6-foot-6 Berger, who now has an implanted defibrillator, is back to playing for the Aggies, and has been cleared to play without any restrictions this season, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

“Basketball is an enormous part of my life,” Berger told Katz. “I’m sure it is to a lot of people too. I want to be that guy that is an example to a lot of people. I want to give them hope.”

September 12th

Massachusetts Bill Would Require AEDs in All Schools

BOSTON--John Ellsessar, whose son Michael died during an Oxford High School football game in 2010 from cardiac arrest, believes automated external defibrillators should be as readily available at school settings as fire extinguishers.

Ellsessar, who is pushing for legislation to require all schools to have defibrillators, said he and his wife were horrified when they learned that at most schools that have the medical devices, they are locked away in nurses' offices, instead of being ready for emergencies.

Sen. Mark Montigny, a New Bedford Democrat, filed a bill (S 1049) that would require all public schools to have the devices on school grounds. The Joint Committee on Public Health is reviewing the bill.

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