Now Spit

Previously posted in Huffington Post on December 13, 2016 I went to the dentist for my six month check up last week. I didn’t want to be there. Are you surprised? I hate all of the poking and scraping. It was also the day before my daughter’s 14th birthday. I...

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Healthcare Like an Egyptian

Dear Pharoah: I recently read that the Detmold Child died from a heart condition. I’m so sorry. I know that he’s been dead for 6,500 years; however, I’m just getting the news. It’s absolutely incredible that scientists today could examine a mummy and conclude that the cause of death was...

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What Does a Mom Say?

Ding ding ding? No, that’s a fox. So, what did your mom say? Did she have a go-to phrase, quote or cliche? I don’t remember if my mother had one (which won’t surprise my mother at all). However, in trying to think of one, and knowing that we are having...

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The Financial and Emotional Costs of Heart Screenings

As I write this, Mason Tellez, a track athlete from Whittier High School, remains hospitalized.  According to a statement by his mother, he collapsed during practice with an undetected heart condition.  “He remains in serious condition, but at this point is breathing on his own.” Our prayers and thoughts are...

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Heart Screening at Final Four

Download Press Release Atlanta – (February 11, 2013) – Less than an hour from the Georgia Dome, the day before the NCAA Championship Game, over 300 students will be screened for potentially fatal heart conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and death, the #1 killer of student athletes. Demand for the...

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Texas Takes on Screening Young Hearts

This screening approach includes an MRI. This is not included in most of the heart screenings offered around the country so this should yield some interesting data. Alaina Dixon had no idea she had heart problems until she collapsed in cardiac arrest 25 yards from the finish line at the Chevron Houston...

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Upper Dublin Screening – An Email to Jill

The best way to capture the success and sentiment from the Upper Dublin Heart Screening is to share an email that we sent to Jill Florin. Jill’s daughter, Paige, invited us to come to Upper Dublin. This was her bat mitzvah project. Jill – Phyllis and I want to know...

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If only . . . then.

I’m not big of the “if only . . . then” game. This can be played in many ways, some more trivial than others. If they had only changed the pitcher in the seventh. If we had only taken the backroads instead of the highway. If we had only gotten...

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Downingtown West – 239

We screened 239 hearts today.  It was our second screening with duPont hospital.  We were also supported by doctors from Jefferson and Abington.  This was our first screening where doctors from different hospitals collaborated.  This is a great development as we continue to bring more doctors into the fold of...

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A Plane Crash, A Heart Crash

It’s 10:50 PM, the night before our second Downingtown screening.  We’ll screen about 300 kids.  Three of them will likely find a heart condition.  This is the normal routine.  Review email folder for cancellations.  Update registration lists.  Make corrections to folders and forms.  Load up the van with equipment. However,...

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