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Stanford team writes new recommendation reading athletes ECG results  
Monday, August 8, 2011
"The ongoing debate within the medical community over how best to screen young athletes for heart defects that could lead to sudden death took another turn today with the publication in the journal Circulation (subscription required) of new recommendations on how to interpret the electrocardiogram results of the extremely fit."
Doctors Call for Standard Screening  
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
"It's a simple test involving shining an infrared light on a fingertip or toe. But doctors say what that test can tell you could help more babies get the life-saving treatment they need. So why aren't all newborns undergoing this screening?"
New Hope for Babies with Heart Defects 
Monday, June 13, 2011
"Positive change is afoot that might help families of heart children. Last month, Maryland became the first state to pass a law that will help implement CHD screening for all newborns in the state. On June 2, the state of New Jersey followed suit."
New Jersey becomes first in nation to screen newborns for heart defects 
Thursday, June 2, 2011
"Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, (D-Hudson), the father of a son born with a congenital heart defect, was one of the bill's sponsors. “This measure is about saving lives. Our newborns deserve the best care we can offer them, and pulse ox testing should be included in that care,'' O'Donnell said."
Most Newborns Not Screened for the Most Common Birth Defect 
Monday, February 7, 2011
Only about two out of every 100 babies (1.8 percent) were screened at birth for congenital heart defects (CHDs) because the hospital or birthing center where the baby was born routinely screens all newborns for CHDs -- the number-one birth defect and leading killer of infants and newborns. This is according to a survey just released by Little Hearts, Inc., a national organization that provides support, education, resources, networking and hope to families affected by congenital heart defects.
Chester Schools to Screen Athletes for Heart Problems  
Monday, November 22, 2010
"Four months after a Lewisville High School football player died in a football game from a heart defect, school district leaders to screen athletes to make sure it doesn't happen again."
15 Year Old Dies from Undetected CHD 
Monday, March 22, 2010
"Irmo High School students on Tuesday night will honor the life of a classmate who died over the weekend from what's believed to be an undetected heart condition".
Heart Defects in Young People can go Undetected for years 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"On an early February Monday during his junior year of high school, Tristan Claflin, then 17, was on his way to a dual credit class at Richland Community College when he just didn't feel right. He said he felt pressure in his chest, a racing heart and dizziness, and he just couldn't breathe, so he called his mom to tell her about his symptoms. But she said he was notorious for wanting to play hooky on Mondays".
Houston Study Found Undiagnosed Heart Conditions in Middle School Students 
Thursday, December 3, 2009
"Heart screenings given to 94 sixth graders at a school in Houston uncovered seven kids with heart conditions, including two requiring surgery, reports the Houston Chronicle. The study, led by Houston cardiologist Dr. John Higgins, shocked researchers who want to have heart screenings mandated for all sixth graders in the United States".
Young Athletes Need Dual Screening 
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"To best detect early signs of life-threatening heart defects in young athletes, screening programs should include both popular diagnostic tests, not just one of them, according to new research from heart experts at Johns Hopkins. Sudden cardiac death due to heart rhythm disturbances is blamed for more than 3,000 deaths a year in young people, especially athletes who have inherited tendencies to develop overly enlarged and thickened hearts, says Theodore Abraham, M.D., an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute. In some instances, top athletes have died from heart conditions while seemingly in peak physical form, something that can hide warning signs and allow many cases to go undiagnosed".

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