Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

October 14th

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.

October 9th

Family Hopes Their Tragedy Helps Others

EDMONDS, WA--It was just like any other morning when Jerry Truax made breakfast for his 16-year-old son Matthew in their Edmonds home September 13, 2013.

"I kidded him about whether he'd asked anybody out for the homecoming dance yet. He hadn't. I said, 'Well, you better get on it. it's coming up.'" Little did he know it would be the last time he'd ever see his son alive again.

Several hours later, Jerry got a call that's every parent's nightmare.

"There was a lot of noise and confusion in the background and I heard CPR. And the lady in the office said they were giving him CPR and I knew then he was in trouble."

October 6th

Dinniman Leads Call for AEDs in Pennsylvania Schools

Steve and Christy Silva, Senator Andy DinnimanMore than 50 activists, families and residents from throughout the Commonwealth joined Dinniman on Tuesday, October 1 in calling for the passage of Senate Bill 606, legislation that would help ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.

The press conference was part of a day of legislative action as October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

October 3rd

Kansas Football Recruit Dies from Stroke

Kansas football recruit Andre Maloney has died after suffering a stroke during a game Thursday night.

Maloney, a senior receiver at Overland Park (Kan.) Shawnee Mission West High School, was transported by ambulance from Shawnee Mission South District Stadium to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Friday evening, the hospital told the Shawnee Mission School District that Maloney had died.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Andre's family, teammates, coaches, fellow students, and the SM West staff during this difficult time," district spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal said in a statement. "The tremendous outpouring of concern expressed today by the our community has been greatly appreciated. We will continue to honor the family's request this time to respect their privacy."

Sen. Dinniman Holds Press Conference to Promote AEDs in Pennsylvania Schools

HARRISBURG, PA-- State Senator Andy Dinniman held a press conference on October 1 in the Main Capitol Building Rotunda to urge passage of Senate Bill 606, his bill to  help ensure that every public school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.

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.

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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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