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SCREENING HEARTS, SAVING LIVES PETITION
A Simple Test Could Save Your Life or the Life of a Loved One
Every year more than 7,000 young Americans ages 6-18 die from sudden cardiac arrest. That means that every day 20 adolescents die in this country from SCA caused by conditions that are most likely treatable. Facts have proven that 1 out of every 143 children has a cardiac arrhythmia syndrome, most of these being undetected. Once diagnosed, these syndromes can be monitored and treated and in most circumstances result in normal lifespan for that child.
We are working to prevent the untold amounts of grief that come from losing a child, a sister/brother, friend or teammate. We want to prevent the untold amounts of grief that come from losing a child, a sister/brother, friend or teammate by getting every high school student screened!
For families: There is the possibility of identifying abnormalities in other family members. Because these disease states are hereditary, they are often found in multiple family members. When all first and second degree family members [of an affected child] are screened, on average 9 additional cases of a cardiac abnormality are found.
For coaches & teachers: Two staggering facts about sudden cardiac arrest include that in 80% of cases the first symptom is the fatal collapse and sudden unexpected death is three times more prevalent in young athletes than non-athletes. For coaches and teachers, it is imperative that you be educated on the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest and cardiac arrhythmia syndromes. It could very well be you who saves the life of a student or athlete.
Every high school student should be screened!
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SCREENING HEARTS, SAVING LIVES!!