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This time it was a wrestler, initial autopsy report indicates he died of natural causes (SCA), there is nothing acceptable about an 18 year old student athlete dying from sudden cardiac arrest.

Read Austin’s obituary here


EXCLUSIVE: High School Soccer Player Collapses During Game « CBS Philly

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!!

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Another unfortunate and classic tale of sudden cardiac arrest taking the life of a young, seemingly healthy child. And another example of the journalist never once mentioning what it is called when the somebody collapses because their heart spontaneously stopped beating. It is called sudden cardiac arrest. It is not an unknown phenomenon, it happens all the time and the underlying heart conditions that cause it are easily detected with an EKG.  We are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful young girl.



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.



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