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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!!

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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.



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 nfhslearn.com/courses.

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.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/eastern-wake-news/ewn-sports/article26716306.html#storylink=cpy

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.

Sudden cardiac arrest claims 23 year old NY state trooper

Sudden cardiac arrest in an otherwise young and healthy individual strikes again.  Donald Fredenburg, 23 and in his second week of training at the NY state police academy collapsed and died after a training run on Friday March 13.  Academy staffers were able to use an external defibrillator to restart his heart, but he later died at the hospital due to the damage caused by the event.   This young man served 4 years in the marines and was on his way to becoming a NY state trooper.  An autopsy showed that he had a 95% blockage of one of his coronary arteries.  This is extremely rare in someone  so young, but it does happen.  If you are going to exercise and exert yourself, regardless of age, your heart should be properly checked by trained professionals who specialize in this.  With a 95% blocked coronary artery, any cardiac stress test could have detected this.  Mr. Fredenburg is said to have passed a vigorous fitness test in order to gain entrance in to the police academy a few weeks prior to his death.  This does not make his case confusing the way some media reports suggest.  A fitness test in NO WAY looks at your heart.  They are lucky he did not collapse and die during the fitness test.  Young people, especially young males will ignore the warning signs of an impending cardiac event. You CAN NOT trust that your athletic organization, or the police academy, or the military, or your health insurance company,or your government are looking out for you.  The current medical standard of care says that testing you properly is not cost effective.  I guarantee you and your family place a higher value on your life than those who do these calculations.

RIP Donald Fredenburg

RIP Donald Fredenburg