We Need To Be Prepared

Dr. Dermot Phelan MD, Ph.D., FESC, FASE, FACC a staff cardiologist from the Cleveland Clinic interviews Samantha Krouse, Manager of GotAED about sudden cardiac arrest, the importance of early defibrillation and resources to get AED devices. Dr. Phelan: The sudden cardiac death of a young athlete or pupil has a...

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The Madness of March, 2019

The competition throughout the NCAA basketball season is always high but as soon as March rolls around it changes dramatically. March Madness. Teams are no longer just competing against other teams, but they are competing for spots, wins, and championships. Brackets start forming, bets are on the table and the...

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The Lesson of Isaiah Austin

As kids, how many of you dreamed of making the winning shot, throwing the winning touchdown or hitting the winning homerun? Isaiah Austin, big man for the Baylor Bears did that already. He just finished up his collegiate career and was about to check off another dream – getting drafted...

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Op Ed – Don’t Judge a Book

This past week, many parents in the Greater Philadelphia area learned what I learned almost ten years ago – sudden cardiac arrest isn’t just an adult thing. It takes the lives of thousands of children every year. Two students, an eighth grader from Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel, and...

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Wichita State – Final Four & Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Download Release Millions of Americans filled out their brackets and hoped that their team would survive on the Road to the Final Four. However, for some players, survival takes on a whole new meaning.  A recent study published by the American Heart Association shows that 1 out of every 3,100...

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Twenty-Something Teacher Collapses and Dies

It is not only about protecting the hearts of students.  We also need to protect the hearts of young teachers.  Sudden cardiac arrest isn’t just a grown-up thing. A math teacher at East Central High School died Monday morning after collapsing before classes started, officials said. Melinda Villegas, 23, a...

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HS Soccer Player, Collapses, Dies

Students and staff of a Winnipeg private school are mourning a Grade 11 student athlete who collapsed during a soccer practice Wednesday night.  Grief counsellors met students at St. John’s-Ravenscourt when they arrived on Thursday morning, hours after learning of the death of Evan Dupuis.  “We made sure they were...

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Student Complains of Chest Pains, Dies

I just got finished posting an article about a study suggesting that children complaining of chest pains is not a cause for alarm.   ALLENDALE — A 21-year-old Grand Valley State University student died Tuesday after complaining of chest pains while playing basketball with friends, according to the university.  The...

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Nine Year Old Dizzy, Drops Dead in School

By Margo Rutledge Kissell, Staff Writer Updated 1:48 AM Friday, September 23, 2011 DAYTON — Two months before 9-year-old Unique Figgers collapsed at Westwood PreK-8 School and died Tuesday, Dayton Public Schools laid off 10 school nurses — one-third of its nursing staff. Among them was the full-time nurse at...

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Student Drowns

Far too often, the death of a student is defined by the setting, not the cause.  What caused this student to drown?  I hope that they investigate sudden cardiac arrest. SAINT JOHN – A 17-year-old student died Tuesday, two days after he nearly drowned in the pool at the Canada...

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