October 28, 2013 |
How many children drop dead every year of sudden cardiac arrest? One thousand? Three thousand? "We don't know," said Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The problem is we don't have a registry in the U.S. " The federal government last week said it will help develop a pediatric registry for sudden deaths. To better determine who is at risk of dying, from which cardiac disorder, a local group is also planning a database with results of electrocardiograms (EKGs)
September 25, 2012 |
All day Sunday, the cafeteria at Upper Dublin High School was filled with student athletes of every stripe. Soccer or football, gymnastics or field hockey - it didn't matter the sport. All were drawn for the same reason: to make sure their hearts were strong enough for athletics. The free public screening was sponsored by Simon's Fund, a local nonprofit that raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. Exercise can reveal underlying heart defects in teens and younger children that can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, chest pain, heart palpitations, and death.
October 30, 2013
A story Sunday incorrectly gave the age at death of Simon Sudman, whose death from sudden cardiac arrest in 2005 led to the creation of Simon's Fund. He was 14 weeks old.
February 14, 2016
Simon's Fund is all about awareness and raising fun and funds, but most important, about getting to the heart of the matter, which means providing tests ahead of time to detect heart problems and sudden cardiac arrest. On Jan. 30, more than 300 attended the annual Simon's Soiree at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel to eat, drink, raise funds, and honor Brian Hainline, chief medical officer of the NCAA, with the Protect This Heart Award. Hainline was recognized for his efforts to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in students.
December 13, 2001 |
Important legislation that was approved Monday by the Assembly and Senate and that would require the placement of defibrillators in state buildings could save an untold number of lives from sudden cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association has called sudden cardiac arrest a "major unresolved public health issue. " At least 220,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest annually. We refer to sudden cardiac arrest as a "major unresolved public health issue" because the survival rate is barely 5 percent.
June 4, 2012 |
Darren and Phyllis Sudman channeled love and grief for the son they lost into a children's health crusade, but when they reflect on how quickly they raised $1 million and passed the nation's first law to protect youth athletes' hearts, the Plymouth Meeting couple credit business know-how honed during years at corporations like AOL . After the couple's 12-week-old, Simon, died in his sleep in 2005, the Sudmans discovered that both mother and...
February 9, 2013 |
February is American Heart Month, so naturally, on Feb. 1, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted their annual "Go Red Night. " As we walked into the venue, we were given a "Go Red for Women" sticker and a postcard to record the name of a loved one who has heart problems. Throughout the game, the crowd was educated about the stark reality that sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in this country. We learned what symptoms women should look for and how they should modify their lifestyles for better heart health.
November 23, 2011
By Darren and Phyllis Sudman 'It's a rare occurrence. " That's a comforting notion until it happens to your child. Our child, Simon, was 3 months old and taking a nap when he died suddenly. The Lees' son, Jeffrey, was a University of Pennsylvania senior running the Philadelphia Marathon last weekend. Despite these differences, we now share a stark reality: We'll always wonder what our boys would have been when they grew up. Every year, thousands of children and young adults drop dead from sudden cardiac arrest.