New Study Finds 100% Children . . .

Star Jones was the keynote speaker today at the Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon. She had open heart surgery three years ago and is now a national spokesperson. She shared that she used to think that heart disease was an old white guy thing. Sit on that for minute....

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Simon's Fund Launches New Screening App

This week, two students from Haverford College launched the Simon’s Fund Heart Screening App. This app is designed to (1) improve efficiencies during the screening process; and (2) facilitate the collection of data to be used to develop the first Youth ECG Database.  Let’s think about the impact of this...

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If I Worked for Simon's Fund . . .

I would help save thousands of kids from dying because thousands of kids die from cardiac arrests every year. I would also help do heart screenings for kids to see if they have it. And if your kid had cardiac arrest we would be able to help you. Today I...

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Sudden Death is for Hockey, not NCAA Basketball Players

All eyes are set on Atlanta this weekend as it hosts the NCAA Final Four.  For weeks, millions of Americans have been glued to their TVs to see if their team survives into the next round. But for some players and coaches in the NCAA, survival means much more than...

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Go Krimson for Kids

February is American Heart Month, so naturally, on February 1st, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted their annual “Go Red Night.”  As we walked in the venue, we were given a Go Red for Women sticker and a postcard to record the name of a loved one that has experienced heart problems. ...

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What a Long, Strange Trip

I’m sitting inside a big hotel in Seattle (it’s really nice). Right this minute, I am surrounded by medical professionals who are learning about sudden cardiac arrest in students. Later, I’ll be surrounded by parents who have lost children to sudden cardiac arrest at the Parent Heart Watch Conference. I’m...

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Trade Secrets

Imagine this . . . Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery in the country (and based outside of Philly) is invited to visit Mike’s Hard Lemonade in Seattle. The purpose of the trip is for Mike’s Hard Lemonade to share all of its trade secrets with Yuengling. Yes, all of the recipes,...

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Two Celtics and Two Wolves

One year ago, Jeff Green underwent surgery to correct a heart condition. This condition could’ve caused him to drop dead from sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, a few years ago, the NBA became the first professional sports league to institute a heart screening program. As such, the condition was detected, and...

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What’s a Maenner-Chor?

You’d think that after being thrust into a world with terms like commotio cordis and infarction, I’d know Maenner-Chor.  However, it wasn’t until last Sunday that I discovered this term.  It is a social club that was started many decades ago by German immigrants.  It is still thriving with 700...

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Hyperbole in the Laboratory

In the end, it always comes down to marketing. Yes, even for scientists – you know, the people that are painstakingly rooted in data, facts, evidence, etc.  They too benefit from hyperbole. “A new study suggests it would be wildly expensive — more than $10 million per life saved —...

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