Bills to Protect Athletes Head to State Senate

After she was treated for a concussion at a local hospital, an emergency room doctor gave the high school athlete a note saying she could return to her sport after one week. A week later, though, when the school district’s athletic trainer retested her brain to see if it was...

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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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Radnor – The Power of Two (Simons)

For the past five years, Simon Sudman has been been the motivation behind every heart screening.  That changed today.  Simon Prushan, a student at Radnor Middle School, brought a screening to his school as part of his bar mitzvah project.  We were blown away by his leadership, maturity and commitment....

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Pulse Ox – What It Means to Simon’s Fund

A Federal Government Advisory Committee is urging the use of this test.  Two Governors (Maryland and New Jersey) recently signed laws mandating the use of this test.  Clearly, the hearts of newborns are front of mind. These laws require that a Pulse Ox test be performed on all newborns.  The test...

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Vereb Legislation Protects Student Athletes Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Yesterday was another step for Simon’s Fund as we lent our support for Representative Mike Vereb’s legislation – House Bill 1610.  We were also honored to have the support of Scott Sheridan (Phillies Athletic Trainer), Dr. Reginald Ho (Jefferson Hospital) and our own Dr. David Shipon (Heart Center of Philadelphia)....

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Student-Athletes Receive Free Heart Screenings

KABB Fox San Antonio – August 14, 2011 One family hopes its heartbreak can prevent others from losing an active teen to sudden cardiac death. It’s free and it’s fast.  “Our goal is to be faster than Starbucks,” says cardiologist Dr. George Rodgers.  It’s painless and non-invasive — high-tech heart...

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