The Real “March Madness”: Six Students Drop Dead

It started last night with Selection Sunday.  It builds this week with brackets and office pools.  It explodes this weekend with the first round of the NCAA Tournament as we march to the Final Four.  It’s a great time of year . . . as long as you are focused on college...

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A Heartfelt Mission

Simon’s Fund honors a tot whose sudden death has long-lasting impact on research Rachel Vigoda Jewish Exponent Feature March 10, 2011 Simon Prushan, 12, is getting ready for his Bar Mitzvah this fall. He’s learning the aliyahs, practicing his Haftorah portion — and setting up heart screenings for students in...

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40,000,000 Kids Die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Every Year

What, you don’t believe me?  My figure is only 39,999,960 more than the figure thrown around today by the medical experts called upon to discuss sudden cardiac arrest and student athletes.  As crazy as this sounds, their figure is much more misleading because we expect their figure to be rooted in research, science and...

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Doctor Favors Screenings Athletes

Two recent studies here in the U.S. — published in the Annals of Internal Medicine –looked at ECG testing along with the PPE sports physical exams. The first study found that adding an ECG to a routine sports physical doubled the number of cases of potential heart problems detected when...

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The Heart of Valentine’s Day

As Americans, we will spend approximately $15 billion on gifts for Valentine’s Day.  This statistic, coupled with the fact that a calendar mandates we declare our love for someone, makes it easy to hate this holiday.  It’s commercial, it’s fabricated and it’s contrived. The real Valentine’s Day commemorates several Christian martyrs from Ancient Rome.  The romance thing didn’t enter the...

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Coach Perspective on ECG Screening of Athletes

This is an excerpt.  The full article can be seen here. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of death of a 17-year-old athlete from Oregon who collapsed just minutes after winning a wrestling match, KGW-TV reported. Charley Engelfried was walking off the mat Thursday night when he suddenly...

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Today Show Explores Heart Screening for Athletes

The Today Show did a nice segment today on whether it makes sense to screen the hearts of athletes.  They spoke to Michele Snyer, a friend and parent who lost a daughter to sudden cardiac arrest.  They covered a screening conduted by Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.  They’ve screened...

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Signs From Our Children

  This was the name of the  closing  session at the Parent Heart Watch Conference.  All of the other sessions dealt with AEDs, ECGs, genetic testing, sudden cardiac arrest legislation, etc.  They were concrete, factual and steeped in medicine.  This session asked us to consider something a little “out there”...

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Packing, Crying, Jumping, Dying and Flying

It happened in this order.  I was packing for my trip to San Diego to attend the Annual Parent Heart Watch Conference.  This organization brings people together that have lost children to sudden cardiac arrest.  Most or all o f the people have started a nonprofit to raise awareness and...

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Life-Saving Cookies (Not Approved by FDA)

You know what they say:  “absence makes the heart grow fonder but cookies make the heart grow stronger.”  We’ve been struggling with this cliche for a while, trying to understand its true meaning.  What is it about the cookie that makes the heart strong? We researched some foods that have been credited...

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