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EKG Screening for College Athletes


LAST March, the N.C.A.A.’s chief medical officer, Brian Hainline, announced that he was going to recommend that all male college basketball players undergo an electrocardiogram, which measures the electrical activity in the heart, presumably as a requirement for being cleared to play competitively.

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Woodward High senior dies after collapsing


A Woodward High School senior died today after collapsing in her classroom. Liesirrell Echols, 18, was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m., Dr. James Patrick, Lucas County coroner, said. Read more at

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t. Norbert Athlete Brought Back To Life


DE PERE - A St. Norbert College senior is lucky to be alive thanks to his coaches and fellow track athletes.

Their training and immediate response brought Stephen Sheperd back to life.

87 athletes, including Sheperd, kicked off their track season Sunday at the Schuldes Sports Center in De Pere.

“Stephen was really chipper that morning,” recalls Megan Kuehl, St. Norbert College Assistant Track Coach.

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Former Papio South, Wayne State softball star Kaiti Williams dies at 22


A pleasure to coach and a pleasure to know.

That’s how Wayne State softball coach Shelli Manson described former player Kaiti Williams.

Williams, 22, died Friday morning. She was living in Dakota City, Nebraska, and had been working at the Siouxland National Bank after graduating in May.

Her heart stopped, her mother, Mary Ann, said.

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High School Student Collapses, Dies Following Cross-Country Practice


GREENSBORO—A Southern Guilford High School student died Thursday morning after collapsing on campus.

District leaders say Allison Brown, 14, was at cross country tryouts around 9 a.m. when it happened.

The principal of Southern Guilford High School, Debbie Kraszeski, said she is deeply saddened but the community is strong.

Brown was running in her second day of tryouts for the high school cross country team. She was almost done with the three mile course when she collapsed.

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Floyd County basketball player dies while playing in Roanoke


FLOYD — It happened suddenly.

One minute, 13-year-old Leah Goff was doing what she loved — playing basketball with her travel teammates in Roanoke on Tuesday evening. Suddenly, she collapsed on the court, and attempts to revive her were unsuccessful. It was unclear Wednesday what caused her unexpected death.

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EKG screenings can prevent sudden cardiac death in student athletes


Christopher Mitchell, a detective in the Miami Beach Police Department, is used to arriving at a conclusion after analyzing each step methodically.

On this issue, however, he has an immediate, heartfelt response: “An EKG is imperative — that that test is performed on all athletes. If Dwayne would have had an EKG, we would have caught it in time and it would have been corrected and we would have avoided all of this.”

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Family, friends gather after Longview teen's death


Pine Tree High School paid respects to a fallen teammate Wednesday, after the death of football player Josh Warren.

The Pirate Center gymnasium, full of friends, family and teammates, fell silent as Warren's family entered the room. After prayers, memories and a slideshow, the gymnasium stood for the school's alma mater song, fingers pointed straight up and swaying. The family was surrounded by the school community, and each football player lined up to hug Warren's family members.

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Family urges parents to get EKGs for active kids after sudden death of daughter

"I was calling her name and she wasn't reacting," said Breanna's dance teacher, Yvonne Alvarez. "I grabbed her, and as soon as I grabbed her she fell to the floor." '>


MIAMI - A South Florida family is urging parents to get EKGs for their children after their eldest daughter, Breanna Vergara, 11, collapsed during dance practice last year.

"I got a call from the studio that they needed me to hurry up and get here," Breanna's mother, Claudia Vergara said.

"I was calling her name and she wasn't reacting," said Breanna's dance teacher, Yvonne Alvarez. "I grabbed her, and as soon as I grabbed her she fell to the floor."

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CMSRU researcher receives NIH Grant to study impact of carbon dioxide following cardiac arrest


The NIH-National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has awarded Brian W. Roberts, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and an emergency medicine physician at Cooper University Health Care, a Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development grant (K23) to study post-resuscitation partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide and neurological outcome after cardiac arrest. The grant, which will total more than $630,000, is an ancillary study built upon the previously awarded RO1 grant also awarded in 2013 from the NIH to Stephen W. Trzeciak, MD, associate professor of medicine and emergency medicine at CMSRU and head of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, to study neurological and cognitive effects of hyperoxia after cardiac arrest.

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What Autopsies Can Teach


Medical mysteries lurk in every family, yet the autopsies that could reveal them have become increasingly rare. Although coroners and medical examiners still investigate suspicious deaths, fewer than 5% of people who die in hospitals are autopsied today, down from 50% in the 1960s, according to government surveys. The decline in autopsies has slowed scientific advances in diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease, researchers say. It also has left some surviving families in the dark about medical issues that could affect their own health.

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HEART HEALTH: Inland parents back life-saving devices


Travis Roy’s bedroom isn’t just a shrine kept in his memory. Ten years after the Murrieta middle school student collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest and later died, it’s also the place where his father seeks inspiration and solace.

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Mautino backs defibrillator legislation


State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, is sponsoring legislation that will increase the availability of automated external defibrillators throughout Illinois.

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Parent Heart Watch Launches Year-Long Initiative to Commemorate 10th Anniversary


Throughout the year, Parent Heart Watch will release "10 Lists of 10" to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in youth. Examples of featured topics include the warning signs and symptoms of a heart condition, recognizing sudden cardiac arrest in youth, and how to develop a cardiac emergency action plan.

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AMSSM and FIFA hold second summit on ECG interpretation in athletes


In a continued effort to help physicians more accurately interpret ECG results to improve cardiac safety in athletes and impact sudden cardiac death, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center (F‐MARC) are bringing together top sports cardiology and sport medicine physicians from around the world for a second summit on ECG interpretation in athletes in Seattle on 26-27 February.

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Another 28 people become CPR certified


Heartsafe Wisconsin certified another 28 people in CPR on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Vineyard Community Church in Grafton, WI. In October, Pat Mulcahy, lead pastor at Vineyard, realized ...

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Heart check event: screenings can save a life


Greer Firestone considers his daughter Grace exceptional. But to him, her 15 varsity letters and overall athleticism is not what defines her. It’s the fact that she’s still breathing.

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Klee: Heart condition no match for Manitou Springs swimmer Sam White


She has a hole in her heart. One more time: A hole. In her heart. But they told Samantha White that she had no restrictions, that she could run and jump and splash and act like she was 8 and 12 and 16 years old just like the rest of her friends in the Colorado Springs area.

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Athletic trainer saves N. TX teen's life


A Richardson High School student-athlete collapsed during a workout earlier this week and stopped breathing, but thanks to fast emergency care from a trainer and coaches, the young man survived.

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Johns Hopkins mourns death of freshman lacrosse player


Johns Hopkins University is mourning the loss of a freshman who was found dead in his campus residence hall this morning, university administrators announced in a message to students, faculty, and staff.

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CPR, defibrillator saves Greenwood basketball player


A 13-year-old Greenwood boy, Bailey Venet, is alive thanks to the help of good Samaritans from Granton, Greenwood and Loyal who rushed to resuscitate him after he collapsed on the Loyal High School basketball court Dec. 6.

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Student collapses at school, dies


A ninth grade student who collapsed Tuesday at Lincoln City Seventh-day Adventist School was declared dead after being treated by emergency workers at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

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Timeline of Josey student's death released


It was a battle against time the day Josey High School student Recardell Sheppard collapsed in the school gym. Tonight, we know how things unfolded minute by minute.

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Kingston supports player after brother's collapse


The Kingston basketball community was reeling on Friday, a day after Sean Robinson, 22, collapsed in the stands while watching brother Tyler play at Kate Walton Fieldhouse.

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Distrust of police is top reason latinos don't call 911 for cardiac arrest


Fear of police, language barriers, lack of knowledge of cardiac arrest symptoms and financial concerns prevent Latinos - particularly those of lower socioeconomic status - from seeking emergency medical help and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to a study published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Miracle on the field: Coach, parent save student's life


Would you be able to help if a loved one or anyone collapsed right in front of you? It's something many of us have probably wondered. It happened to a Louisville high school coach and a parent who found themselves suddenly trying to save the life of a Trinity High School student.

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Aliso Niguel coaches save athlete's life


Two Aliso Niguel High coaches rescued a sophomore boys basketball player who collapsed during practice Monday by performing CPR and using a defibrillator on him, an Orange County Fire Authority captain said Tuesday.

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Young Children, Energy Drinks a Dangerous Mix


The potential dangers of energy drinks, those highly caffeinated beverages that promise to stave off sleepiness, are well known, but a new study suggests that even young children are at risk.

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Making Mandatory CPR a Requirement


Dozens of volunteers from the American Heart Association are headed to Columbus Wednesday, Nov. 12. They will present information to lawmakers they say could save hundreds of lives every year. It would make CPR training a requirement for students before graduation, something Cincinnati Country Day says they have been doing for years.

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Cardiac arrest scare prompts school's heart safety training


In August, a student at St. Thomas Academy collapsed and went into cardiac arrest after a football practice. A student and staff member used CPR and an automated external defibrillator to revive him before paramedics arrived, saving his life.

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Remembering Port Arthur middle school student who collapsed and died


The sister of Francene Duckette is telling all of us to hold family and friends a little closer tonight. She says you never know when someone important in your life will be taken away without notice. Duckette was an eighth grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Port Arthur. She died after collapsing at school Wednesday.

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Getting to the Heart of the Heart


Fast facts: • Some genetic mutations linked to sudden cardiac death are known to affect a certain part of sodium channels, the proteins responsible for letting sodium ions into cells. • Researchers found the effect of these mutations on the interaction between sodium channels and another protein, calmodulin, which regulates the channels’ opening. • Discovery suggests a starting point for designing drugs to prevent sudden cardiac death.

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One boy's legacy: free heart screenings


Eric Paredes has helped save the lives of Devin Lawson and as many as 128 other teens. Yet Eric died when his heart suddenly stopped beating in 2009 at age 15.

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'Heart defects may not manifest themselves until they get older'


A heart screening takes about 15 minutes, but the results could save a life. Cardiologists at Riverbend Hospital gave a free heart screening to about 70 teens on Saturday, using an electrocardiogram (otherwise known as an EKG) to check for heart problems.

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Change Is A Heartbeat Away


When he’s not getting straight A's, or being a star on the Champlain Valley Union High School track team, 16-year-old Tommy Watson teaches others how to save lives. “I wanted to teach people a simple, affective way of doing CPR,” says Watson, a Junior at C.V.U. “I wanted to teach them a technique they could remember.”

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ASU police officer saves student's life


A casual game of volleyball almost proved deadly for an ASU student when he suddenly grabbed his chest and collapsed right there on the court.

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Living with long QT syndrome; teen fights for life he once had


Dylan Rose is just like any other teenager who loves playing and watching sports, but after being diagnosed with long QT syndrome, which is a heart rhythm disorder that causes fast and chaotic heartbeats, Rose is fighting for the life he once had.

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Brandon Goyne Foundation champions EKG testing


It's the type of story we have all read about — a young athlete who appeared perfectly healthy just moments before dying suddenly. Naturally, we are saddened as we read it, but hardly ever really stop to consider the impact the event has on the deceased athlete's family and friends. This is something that is supposed to happen to someone else, somewhere else.

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Brothers will be Kid Captains when Hawkeyes host Indiana for Homecoming


The Mulder brothers are best friends. Noah, 14, is compassionate and responsible. Isaiah, 11, is the family comedian. And Elijah, 8, is the perfect combination of his two brothers. They love playing sports and spending time together, but it’s their shared experiences that have made them so close.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness


Jeff Schoen's 10 year old son, Grant, passed away in his sleep on October 17, 2013 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). After Grant's death, Jeff wanted to raise awareness for SCA and started Heart Safe Wisconsin with the hope of increasing survival rates in youth from SCA.

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Lawsuit filed in death of Hartsville football player


The family of the late Hartsville High School football player Ronald Rouse, 18, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hartsville High School, the South Carolina High School League, the Darlington County School Board, the South Carolina Board of Education, Lake Robinson Rescue Squad, Darlington County Emergency Preparedness and Darlington County.

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Football player listed in critical condition


Khalil Wallace, the eighth-grade Marshall Junior High School student who collapsed Monday on the field during football practice, is listed in critical condition at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, as of Tuesday afternoon.

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High School Player's death sparks call professional at every PSAL practice


In response to the death of Miles Kirkland-Thomas, the high school football player who collapsed and died on the field during a routine practice, the Staten Island Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations wants an athletic trainer or sports physician at every public high school athletic practice.

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Surline student who collapsed at school recovering in Grand Rapids


A Surline Middle School student who collapsed at school Sept. 15 is currently recovering in a Grand Rapids hospital. Brandon Wright, 11, of West Branch collapsed as Surline students were on their way to lunch Monday afternoon. “His heart just stopped,” his father, Jim Wright, told the Herald Wednesday. “No doctors know why or anything. He had a clean bill of health, every test you can think of.”

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Student uses CPR to save peer


A night of celebration turned deadly for a man in State College over the weekend until a young woman came to his rescue. She is now being called a hero.

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3 East Hamilton Middle/High School teachers honored for saving student's life


East Hamilton Middle/High School honored three teachers Wednesday morning for saving a student's life. On Aug. 15, Joe'l Ervin, 13, was playing basketball in the gym when his vision darkened, he told the Times Free Press in an interview. His head felt heavy, and he stumbled into a mat on the wall near the basketball hoop.

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Free Cardiac Screenings are Saving Young Lives


Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month.

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Teen collapses at skate park, later dies


A Lockport teen collapsed suddenly Sunday afternoon at the Gregory Hayes Holler Memorial Skate Park in the City of Tonawanda and later died, officials said.

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Update: Douglas County Football Player Has Died


He was a leader with big dreams and a passion for playing football. Zyrees Oliver wanted to be the best, and he also wanted the best for his family and friends. But early Monday, Zyrees died after being removed from a ventilator five days after collapsing at his home.

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50 AEDs Donated in Honor of 5-Year-Old Girl


50 automated external defibrillators were donated to volunteer fire companies Monday night in honor of a five-year-old girl who passed away from sudden cardiac arrest.

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Marfan diagnosis will help prevent sudden deaths on courts and fields


ST. Louis - Brooke Pulliam, 14, wants to have a T-shirt made that would read, “Yes, I’m tall.” and “No, I don’t play basketball.” Already 6 feet tall, the Gray Summit teen gets the remark and question often. But the very reason she has all the makings for a star basketball player could also end her life early if she plays the sport.

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Father pushes for UIL heart testing after son’s death


Austin (KXAN) - When you are 6’9 and weigh 290 pounds, “big” is a way of life. As a high school senior just weeks from graduating at Crosby High School, Cody Stephens sat in front of his television watching the 2012 NFL Draft and told his father one day he would be the one getting his name called at the draft.

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Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome


Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and will not be able to pursue a career in the NBA, it was announced Sunday.

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Stars meet young fan who knows Peverley's plight


PHILADELPHIA -- When Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during a game March 10 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, 9-year-old Philadelphia Flyers fan T.J. Ramos understood more than most exactly what was happening.

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