Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

September 4th

NJ Law Calls for Creation of Youth Cardiac Event Registry

Compiling statewide data on cardiac events may lead to ways to better predict problems and reduce risk

When children experience heart attacks or other sudden cardiac problems, it’s often startling and unexpected. A new state law aims to give health officials the information they need to better understand what causes those sudden heart problems and what can be done to lower children’s risk.

The law, S-1911 and A-3047, calls for building a registry of every cardiac event experienced by a New Jersey child.

The registry will include incidents ranging from cases where defibrillators were used on children to instances when children died.

September 2nd

Lancet Study Outlines First Risk Calculator for Pediatric Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

MIAMI--A decade-long quest to understand why some children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) do well under medical management while others die of heart failure or sudden cardiac death showed certain infants are at highest risk for dismal outcomes and yielded a risk calculator cardiologists can use to evaluate which of them should be considered for a heart transplant immediately after diagnosis.

Sunnyvale, CA, School District Installs 24 AEDs

“Sunnyvale School District has become a safer place to learn, work, visit, run and play with the implementation of our AED program,” Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Benjamin Picard stated.

Early this summer, Sunnyvale School District’s Board of Education raised the bar of school safety after they approved Board Policies authorizing a comprehensive Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program. The program was rolled out the first week of school with a minimum of 40 staff members CPR/ AED trained and 24 AEDs were placed throughout the district. The AEDs were installed at all ten school sites in the district including the Operations Department and the District Office. The middle schools each have ‘mobile units’ that will be made accessible during school sporting events.

August 29th

States That Require AEDs in Schools

Nineteen states now mandate AEDs to be in at least some schools. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. 

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SOURCE: Scripps Howard News Service

August 18th

Statewide Database on SCA Events Among Children Goes Into Effect in NJ

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would require the reporting of children’s sudden cardiac events and establish a statewide database to keep track of such information was signed into law today.

“Collecting data about sudden cardiac events is the next step in our ongoing fight to raise awareness about the dangers and warning signs of cardiac arrest,” said Senator Madden. “With thousands of young people dying from cardiac conditions each year, we can no longer wait to combat this medical epidemic. A centralized registry of this information will allow us to make better and smarter decisions concerning our children’s health.”

August 13th

Heart Screening Mandates Face Two Main Obstacles: Cost and Infrastructure

Flower Mound Marcus coach Bryan Erwin has never had one of his football players suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

To help keep it that way, Erwin has taken a proactive approach to his players’ cardiovascular health.

Marcus football players at every level had the opportunity to undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram screening at a Flower Mound Walgreens this off-season. Ninety of them took advantage.

Irving-based healthcare company Frontera Strategies staffed the Walgreens with a sonographer, who sent the data to Dr. Jason Finkelstein, an interventional cardiologist with Advanced Heart Care. The results were relayed to the families and athletes within a week.

August 1st

Texas HB 897 Aims to Ensure Students Undergo CPR Training Before High School Graduation

In eighth grade, Noah Lack learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation in his Spring Branch Independent School District health class. He never dreamed the skills he learned that day would be put to the test so soon. Just a short time later, 15-year-old Lack saw neighbor Donnie Migl collapse from sudden cardiac arrest while walking his dog in the neighborhood. Immediately, Lack knew to get help, check for a pulse and begin chest compressions. Lack's lifesaving efforts revived Migl; had he not learned CPR at school, his neighbor might not be here today.

July 23rd

Carmel, IN, Charity Donates AED to Ballpark Where Eight-Year-Old Suffered Cardiac Arrest

UNION CITY, IN--A Carmel charity donated a portable defibrillator to the Union City ballpark where eight-year-old Dylan Williams was struck by a baseball and gravely injured.  He never regained consciousness and was taken off life support at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

HeartReach Carmel was started in 2010 to provide potentially life-saving AEDs (Automated Electronic Defibrillators) to organizations throughout the state. HeartReach will donate an AED to Union City Monday morning, as well as provide training on the AED.

July 16th

Minnesota Study Does Not Support ECG Screening of High School Athletes

A new study finds that the incidence of sudden cardiac death in athletes screened every three years with a standard preparticipation evaluation form during Minnesota State High School League activities was 0.24 per 100,000 athlete-years. This incidence is much lower than that observed in studies of Division 1 NCAA and Italian athletes (ages 18-25 and mean age 24 years, respectively).

The authors concluded that these data do not support screening high school athletes with an electrocardiogram (ECG) to lower the risk of SCD, and that the decision to screen athletes with ECG should consider age, training intensity, and genetic predisposition. 


SOURCE: CardioSource

June 27th

PA Bill to Further Protect Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Heads to House

HARRISBURG--Pennsylvania is one step closer to further protecting its students from sudden cardiac arrest, as legislation authored by Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) recently passed unanimously in the House Education Committee to require schools across the state to hold public hearings to consider acquiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for their school buildings.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is a deadly force that strikes unexpectedly without any forewarning, and we have personally experienced it at one of our local schools in 2000,” said Brown. “My legislation would help ensure that our schools give the attention to AEDs through hosting public hearings.”

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