University of Michigan Health System hosts forum on sudden cardiac arrest in students and student athletes

Expert physicians will address who’s at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and what schools can do to prepare

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As the fall sports season starts for students, millions will hit the court, the rink and the field. Every year, it seems we hear a tragic story of a young person suffering a cardiac event while participating in school sports.

But who is at risk for a cardiac event and what screening process is recommended for student athletes?

“There are many causes of sudden cardiac death among seemingly healthy young athletes,” says Mark Russell, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “There’s no one single cause and there’s no one single way of identifying those patients who are at risk. That’s what makes it such a great challenge.”

Sudden cardiac arrest will occur in about 100 athletes a year throughout the United States, and that’s an incidence of about 1 in about 40,000.

The U-M Cardiovascular Center and Mott Children’s Hospital have teamed up to sponsor a free seminar on sudden cardiac arrest in students and student athletes.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 22, 2011.
Where: Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Boulevard, Ann Arbor, Mich., 48108
What: Discussions, led by expert physicians and leaders in the field, will address:

  • How to identify the student at-risk for sudden cardiac arrest
  • How to prepare schools to respond to SCA that happen on and off the field.

The format will include informational speakers and breakout sessions to answer questions and an opportunity will be provided for hands-on practice sessions with automatic external defibrillators and CPR.

Who: Open to school faculty and staff, coaches, athletic trainers, primary care providers
Registration: To register online for the free educational forum, visit On- site registration begins at 5 p.m. For more information, call (734) 232-4170.

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