Medtronic Foundation Works with Schools

The Medtronic Foundation announced new grant opportunities for schools participating in and promoting the American Heart Association’s Be the BeatWeb site, an online sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) awareness initiative designed specifically for teens. Be the Beat is funded by a $1 million grant from the Medtronic Foundation. Through the Be the...

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Story from a Survivor

I was reading an article on CNN, and after reading it and watching the video by Campbell Brown, I cried for 5 minutes.  You can read the same article by following this link.  I’ve had the benefit and privilege of being able to afford specialized treatment for my heart disease that...

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Genetic Testing and SCA

enetic testing of people who’ve suffered sudden unexplained death is an effective and cost-efficient way of identifying genetic mutations that may put surviving relatives at increased risk for potentially deadly heart rhythm disturbances, a new study suggests. Genetic defects that can cause sudden cardiac death occur in 25 percent to...

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Is Your EMS Prepared?

Your EMS crew is dispatched to the local neigborhood park for an injured person. Upon arrival, you see kids frantically waving from the basketball court. On arrival, you find a male patient in his late teens who is unresponsive and pulseless, and CPR is in progress. As you start resuscitation,...

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Legacy of sudden death spurs woman's mission

Matters of the Heart By Caleb Hellerman, CNN senior medical producer December 16, 2009 9:49 a.m. EST (CNN) — Growing up in Southern California, Holly Morrell and her brother, Eric, had no closer friends than their cousins Kyle, Mitchell and Desiree. Holly’s father, Chuck, and his twin brother, Gary, were...

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Auto Pulse Cardiac Support Pump

udden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 325,000 deaths every year. Those who suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) are at high risk of death, especially if medical attention is not immediately administered. Fortunately, there is the AutoPulse Non-Invasive Cardiac Support...

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LQTS, A Perspective

Long Q-T syndrome (LQTS) is a rare, hereditary disorder of the heart’s electrical rhythm that can happen in otherwise healthy people. It generally affects kids or young adults. The fast heartbeats, caused by changes in the part of your heart that causes it to beat, may lead to fainting. In...

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Doctor Has Heart in Right Place

onths ago to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes. In front of about 100 people ranging from high school athletic directors, doctors and athletic trainers, to Sacramento Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, Manshadi spoke about his mission of placing potentially life saving automatic external defibrillators in every...

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In Texas, Doctors Screen Sixth Graders

In the U.S. there is a debate about whether young athletes should undergo mandatory screening before playing sports. But now, some doctors in Texas have come to believe that all children, athletes or not, should be screened.  Brandon Williams was only 13 years old when he suffered a fatal heart attack....

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Pediatric Cardiac Arrest in Children

Posted on December 1, 2009 Majority of pediatric sudden cardiac arrests occurred in children younger than 1 year Although the burden of sudden death in a pediatric population was low, most incidences of sudden cardiac arrest occurred in children aged younger than 1 year, results from a population-based analysis suggested....

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