It’s the Doctors, Not the Test

The Stanford study released this week shows that pediatric cardiologists are not very good at interpreting the ECG exams.  This is an institutional problem that should be corrected by the medical community.  Unfortunately, articles like the one below, are misleading the public by suggesting that the tests that look for heart condition in...

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Harry Potter Screening Did Not Save Lives

Thousands of kids came out for the Harry Potter screening this past week.  While they were all entertained, none of them left any healthier or safer.  You’ll have to come to a Simon’s Fund heart screening for that where 1 out of every 100 kids will discover a heart condition. It may...

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Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery

The coroner said that Simon died of SIDS.  However, that answer was not good enough for us because it doesn’t really mean anything.  I’m glad that other people are starting to dig deeper into SIDS .  However, I’m very disappointed that this article only talks about back to sleep campaigns. ...

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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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Autopsy Shows SIDS??????????

This is ridiculous.  There is nothing that can be found in an autopsy that will show Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Either this is careless journalism or careless medicine.  Let’s get our facts straight so that we can help the public understand, not add to the misinformation.  The autopsy revealed...

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Sam’s Trip to the Final Four

Simon’s Fund checks hearts and saves lives.  It also gets some pretty cool auction items for the annual fundraiser.  Read about Sam Kassar’s experience at the Final Four this year.  Thanks for your support, Kassars!  My Final Four experience was amazing.  I went to the games, the parties and the hotel. ...

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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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