PA State Rep. Vereb introduces Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

This is very exciting and a very proud moment for us at Simon’s Fund.  You rarely get a warning sign with Sudden Cardiac Arrest – but fainting is the # 1 indicator.  If this legislation passes, we will have a protocol in place for handling a child that faints, feels...

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Is it possible that cats receive better health care than our children?

I took my cat to the veterinary today to have his teeth cleaned (yeah what of it) and an amazing thing happened while reading the informative pamphlet regarding the dental package.  At the Ardmore Animal Hospital, they complete a physical examination on the morning of the scheduled procedure.  From the...

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Study Confirms Students Should Get Hearts Screened

Congrats to our friend, Dr. Joe Marek, for getting this study published.  He is proving that hearts screening for our kids are effective, affordable, managable and save lives.  This issue is debated, but there are no U.S. studies that show hearts screenings are ineffective, unaffordable, unmanagable and don’t save lives.  ...

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Lady Gaga Concert-Goer Collapses, Revived

When Crystal Thorton was singing “I want your ugly; I want your disease.” at the Lady Gaga concert this past week,  I’m pretty sure she wasn’t wishing for a condition that leads to sudden cardiac arrest.  Unfortunately, the condition runs in her family and until know, was undiagnosed. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A...

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Our Yellow Brick Road

When Dorothy’s house came crashing down, she had no idea where she’d landed.  Nothing was normal – everything was strange.  She began her journey back to normalcy.  Along the way, she met some characters that had a profound impact on her life.  They opened her eyes and broadened her perspective. ...

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Sudden Death Should Trigger Family Check Ups

When Simon died, we got some very important advice – “get your hearts checked because kids aren’t supposed to die.” Over the past six years, we’ve discovered that this advice was unique, which is unfortunate. Most of the families that we talk to that have been striken with sudden cardiac...

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NCAA and PHW Data Shows Sudden Cardiac Arrest is More Common

We need more studies like this.  Whether they prove that more students are dying or not, we need to start speaking from a place of fact, not emotion.  We need to debate the findings, not the feelings.  If our kids are dying unecessarily, as I believe they are, we need...

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Kudos Dr. Rosenberg

While the academic debate clammers, and young athletes die, Dr. Rosenberg just decided to start screening kids.  Read on . . . http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/118303304.html

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Response to Sycamore

The Sycamore school board recently declined an offer from Simon’s Fund to pay for and organize a heart screening for the students in the District.  The board said that (1) they cannot support mass heart screenings because of the American Heart Association; and (2) that this is a matter for...

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Study Shows that EKG Detects Much More Than Exam

  By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: March 21, 2011 Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner Screening healthy children with electrocardiography (ECG) and echocardiography could detect previously undiagnosed conditions that might lead to...

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