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Another young life lost that could have been prevented… hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest and death in young athletes, this condition is easily detected with simple heart screening.


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Another local case of sudden cardiac arrest in a high school athlete. Great work by first responders saved this child’s life! Heart screening would have prevented this near death…

If you are a parent of a young athletes… please take our advice and get their heart checked!!


Medical examiner rules cardiac condition killed St. Joe’s athlete

Well, our suspicions are now officially and finally confirmed. We lost another local athlete to a heart condition that is easily detected by doing a proper sports physical that includes a heart screening component. All this means is doing an EKG or electrocardiogram. This quick and painless test takes at most 5 minutes and costs about $25. Ryan had an undetected hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, this is the number 1 cause of sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes and most prevalent in adolescent black males. A simple heart screening would have flagged Ryan and seeing a specialist they would have found his heart condition and saved his life.


At Athlete Heart Shield, we knew Ryan had died of sudden cardiac arrest because his heart stopped beating. So many times the medical examiner can’t find a specific condition and declares unknown reason or natural causes. This is clearly misleading to the public and medical community. We need to make  things simple. IF THE HEART STOPS BEATING IT IS SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST from an unknown heart condition whether an examiner can find it or not. In Ryan’s case we thank the medical examiner for the difficult work of identifying the condition and being very clear in the determination.

Athlete Heart Shield has designed our first printed shirts with Ryan’s football number 30 on the back in honor of this  promising young man, and as a very clear reminder of exactly why we will not stop until ALL student athletes are properly cleared to play sports.



Never Forget

Another sad story we’ve seen this week

This is why heart screening should be a part of sports physicals and mandatory for all student athletes. Initial autopsy reports indicate no known cause of death, or natural causes. Being very clear, this means it was sudden cardiac arrest almost certainly from an electrical abnormality of the heart rhythm.  These electrical abnormalities can be easily detected with an EKG. An EKG is not part of a standard sports physical for participation in high school or college sports. Organizations around the country are working very hard to change this. We urge all parents to not accept the current sports physical standard and seek appropriate heart screening for their children.


For more information visit Athlete Heart Shield online.

SCA Awareness course offered for free to all coaches, trainers, parents, athletes…..

Heart course open to coaches

The National Federation of State High School Associations has developed a course for coaches on sudden cardiac arrest.

There is no fee to take the 15-minute course through the NFHS Learning Center at

The course educates coaches, students, parents and others about sudden cardiac arrest, how to recognize its warning signs and symptoms, and the appropriate course of action to be taken if a player collapses during physical activity.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States for student-athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem associated with the heart, sudden cardiac arrest happens when the heart unexpectedly stops beating and pumping blood.

The federation also offers a free concussion course.

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To learn about SCA in student athletes and to schedule a comprehensive heart screening for your student athletes visit Athlete Heart Shield online…..

The NFL is at it, again!

Please read this very good article written by Phyllis Sudman of Simon’s Fund for the Huffington Post. Simon’s Fund is a great teammate in the movement to better standardized sports physicals for athletes and include proper heart screening.

To learn more about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes visit Athlete Heart Shield.