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March 28th

Three Saves in Three Days--Thanks to Bystanders

"Ordinary people" performing CPR helped the Fredericksburg Fire Department save three lives in three days, officials said.

At a fire station in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., the trucks roll on about 10 calls per day, and most calls are fairly routine. Months could go by without an opportunity for what they call a “save” -- reviving a patient on the edge of death -- so last week’s three saves were unusual.

March 17th

Study Shows Screening Can Detect Potentially Serious Heart Conditions in Youth

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Study Shows Feasibility of Screening for Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

March 10th

Student Dies Suddenly While Playing Basketball

A 16-year-old a student died suddenly after playing basketball at a local church Monday, a school official said Tuesday.

Javaris Brinkley died at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, according to the website for Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, where funeral services were being arranged Tuesday evening.

March 9th

They Can Fix That!

Craig Dobbs, Indianapolis, IN – 42 at time of event (2010)

Craig Dobbs

Craig is an avid mountain biker. He just couldn’t resist the beautiful August afternoon at the start of a four day weekend. He’d just completed a lap of the 7 mile trail near his home town of Indianapolis, when the day turned sour. Craig remembers being passed by a father and son and when he reached the picnic area the three of them shared a table to recover from their exertions. Craig began to feel sweaty and light headed–but not from the trail–he collapsed in front of them and his “lips turned blue”.

Luckily the father knew CPR and 9-1-1 was called. The ambulance arrived in minutes and shocked Craig a number of times. Craig, of course, was totally oblivious to all this activity. He had suffered a cardiac arrest and was unconscious. In fact he didn’t awake until nearly two weeks later!

New Study from Israel Finds No Benefit to Screening

A mandatory screening program of athletes that involves an electrocardiogram (ECG) before participating in sports does not reduce the incidence of sudden death, according to a new analysis [1] reported in The new data, from Israel, where a mandatory medical screening program has been in place since 1997, show that the incidence of sudden death or cardiac arrest did not decline with the introduction of the preparticipation screening protocol.

From 1985 to 2009, there were 24 documented cases of sudden death or cardiac arrest among competitive athletes, with 11 cases occurring prior to 1997 when the Israel Sport Regulations on Athletes Medical Testing was enacted, and 13 events occurring after the legislation. During this time, the average yearly incidence was 2.6 events per 100 000 athlete-years, a rate that was nearly identical in the decade before and after the mandatory medical screening was put in place.

Three Deaths in One Week: Are Student Athletes Safe at School?

By Mary Newman

Tragedy struck three high school students and their families in the past week. Wes Leonard, Matthew Hammerdorfer, and Sarah Landauer never knew each other, but they suffered a similar fate.  On March 3, star player Wes,16, had just taken the winning shot in overtime at a basketball game at Fennville High School in Fennville, Michigan, when he collapsed and died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Two days later, Matthew, 17, captain of the Poudre High School rugby team in Fort Collins, Colorado, had just scored the winning shot during a match when he collapsed and died from SCA. On Monday, star athlete Sarah, 17, an all-area soccer player, collapsed from SCA during track practice at Eastside High School in Gainesville, Florida. She passed away early Wednesday.

Gainesville Athlete Who Collapsed Monday Dies Early This Morning

 A Florida high school athlete who collapsed during track and field drills has died. Eastside High School Assistant Principal James Sheppard says 17-year-old Sarah Landauer died early Wednesday at a Gainesville hospital.

Landauer had been hospitalized since Monday after she collapsed during track practice. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said someone on the field performed CPR and an external defibrillator was used to try to revive the teen.

March 7th

Another High School Student Dies from SCA

DENVER--A 17 year-old Fort Collins resident who collapsed during a rugby match in Timnath had an enlarged heart and died of cardiac arrest, according to the Larimer County Coroners office.

Matthew Hammerdorfer had at least one surgery to correct the congenital defect when he was eight years old, Kari Jones, Larimer deputy coroner, said Sunday.

March 5th

96 Minutes of CPR Save 54-Year-Old Man

GOODHUE, MN--A 54-year-old Goodhue man is alive and well thanks to the heroic efforts of a team of first responders who chose not to give up on the man, who was lifeless for more than an hour and a half.

High School Basketball Star Dies on Court

Wes Leonard, star of the Fennville High basketball team, died of cardiac arrest brought on by a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, said the Ottawa County, Mich., medical examiner Friday.

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