All Student Athletes Need Cardiac Evaluations

High School Football

A majority of Sudden Cardiac Deaths in student athletes are attributed to a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, commonly known as an enlarged heart or the “silent killer”. This genetic condition occurring in 1 out of every 500 people causes the muscle in the heart to abnormally thicken and force the heart to work harder to pump blood and can lead to dangerous heart arrhythmias.

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Replacing A Not So Life-Saving AED

Some AEDs on the market, such as those pictured here are no longer being produced or supported by the manufacturer.

Some AEDs on the market, such as those pictured here are no longer being produced or supported by the manufacturer.

When was the last time the Automated External Defibrillator in your school or office was checked for expired electrodes or battery? If the AED unit is older than 10 years, it may be time to trade-in your old unit for a device you can be sure will perform properly when needed. 7th grader Nate Wick of Sioux Falls is thankful that the school AED his basketball coaches used on him had been up to date to deliver the shock that saved his life.

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Fighting Sudden Cardiac Arrest for Washington’s Youth

Washington SCA Fight

Two mothers in Washington State are spearheading efforts to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the need for AEDs throughout Washington school districts. Darla Varrenti, lost her 16-year-old son, Nick to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2004 after he played in a football game. Varrenti is the director of the Nick of Time Foundation that works to spread awareness for the #1 cause of death among young athletes. The foundation has educated hundreds of schools about the condition and provides youth heart screenings and training for students in CPR.

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Serving Subs & Saving Lives

Firehouse Subs

Who knew a sub sandwich could help save a life? Firehouse Subs Corporation has the recipe and has been helping save lives for the past 19 years by giving back a part of their proceeds to help fund local fire, EMS and police departments.

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Can Anyone Perform CPR?

Hands-Only CPR post

Immediate CPR triples the chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest, yet only 32% of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Many people I’ve spoken to assume that if they are not medically-trained, they are not allowed or unable to perform CPR. I hope that if I suddenly collapsed, my family members would step in and try to save my life, but unfortunately most individuals feel helpless in an emergency situation for a variety of reasons.

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AED Save: 13-Year-Old Boy Saved During Basketball Practice

13-Year-Old Seth O'Neal is on the sidelines this basketball season after his coaches saved his life with one of the school's AEDs in December.

13-Year-Old Seth is on the sidelines this basketball season, but hopes to return to the court next year.

Two fast-acting coaches saved the life of a 13-year-old boy, Seth O’Neill, at Cerro Gordo Elementary School in Illinois in December. During basketball practice, the teen was doing conditioning running when he suddenly appeared to trip and fall face-first to the gym floor. As his coaches rushed over to him, they saw his face turning blue and he had no pulse.

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February is American Heart Month

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Individuals with heart disease are at a higher risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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