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Your Child’s Safety Could Depend on This…

safety chalkboardAs many parents take their children back to school this time of year, please do not forget to assess the safety of your children’s schools. In an establishment where they are going to spend 30+ hours of their week, schools should be leading the way for safety. Continue reading Your Child’s Safety Could Depend on This…

21 Yr Old Athlete Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Saved by Friend’s Stepdad

Spencer Thomas, left, received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from Jeff Nunes, right, the stepfather of Thomas’ friend Colt Parshall.
Spencer Thomas, left, received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from Jeff Nunes, right, the stepfather of Thomas’ friend.

21-year-old, Spencer Thomas is lucky to be alive, thanks to his friend’s stepdad, Jeff Nunes, who saved his life on November 5th. An all-star athlete in football and baseball for Oakdale High School and Modesto Junior College, Spencer was in top shape.

Yet on the evening of Nov 5th, as he watched a sports game with his buddies at the Nunes house, he fell victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Fortunately, Jeff Nunes, who has taken a CPR course every year for his lineman job at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was in the next room. Continue reading 21 Yr Old Athlete Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Saved by Friend’s Stepdad

All Student Athletes Need Cardiac Evaluations

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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. Continue reading All Student Athletes Need Cardiac Evaluations