AHA Report on ECG Screening Drops the Ball

Screen Across America is a consortium of organizations that provide youth heart screenings in the United States. The group includes integrated health care systems, hospitals, universities, private medical practices, businesses and foundations. Based on our experiences in screening hundreds of thousands of children, and changing thousands of lives, we believe...

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Most Wonderful Time

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For most, the beginning of August prompts visions of school buses, chaotic activity schedules, and of course, the Staples commercial where dad is skipping down the aisle tossing supplies into his cart and counting the days until school begins. I still have...

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What is the Price of a Child's Life by Katie Asper

How do you know when your mission makes sense? When you can see the impact you’ve had on the lives of children. Katie Asper is one of those students. She attended a heart screening and discovered a heart condition. Then, she started giving back and raising awareness. Below is a paper...

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Dead Man Floating

Last week, I flew from Philadelphia to Nashville to Raleigh to Tampa to Philadelphia. I met with lawmakers about the sudden cardiac arrest prevention act. We found lawmakers in Tennessee and North Carolina to sponsor the bill. We’re pretty excited. I heard airline attendants on four separate occasions tell us...

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Ray-Pec Student Collapses, Dies

PECULIAR, Mo. — An eighth grade student at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School died after collapsing during warm-up routines in gym class. Luke Swearingin was a well-known and well-liked student and Special Olympian. Officials said he fell to the floor in gym class. Staff members rushed to his aid, started to perform...

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Chicago State Student Dies on Basketball Court

Had Jerome Porter played in the NBA, he would have had a physical and a heart screening.  He probably wouldn’t have collapsed and died on the court. A 19-year-old Chicago State University student collapsed and died while playing basketball at the South Side university, officials said this morning.  The student,...

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High Schooler Collapses, Dies

Counselors and members of the clergy were on hand Monday morning at Fort Madison High School after the news that FMHS senior Jesse Ross died unexpectedly Sunday. “We were very saddened to learn of the loss of one of our outstanding student-athletes,” FMHS Principal Greg Smith said. “Jesse was well-loved...

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Lincoln College Student Found Dead

A Lincoln College student athlete died Tuesday afternoon, and authorities say they have no answers about the cause of death. Brett Malmquist, 21, of Yuma, Ariz., was pronounced dead at 1:41 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, according to a report from Logan County Coroner Bob Thomas. He was taken...

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CPR Saves Catonsville Field Hockey Player

CPR is a key ingredient to the fight against sudden cardiac arrest and death in students. While we are engaged in screenings (primary prevention), AEDs and CPR (secondary prevention) are required once a cardiac event occurs.  We’re fortunate that this student was surrounded by capable and equipped people.  A day...

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Screening for Danger – Clinton High School

When I was a kid, I remember that my neighbor’s house got robbed.  What did they do next?  Of course, they got an alarm system.  This same “phenomenon” happens with sudden cardiac arrest.  We hang AEDs and conduct screenings in communities where a kid has died.  Do we really need...

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