The Christ Saves Hearts Foundation is dedicated to promoting heart health and preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) among young athletes. SCA is a serious condition that can strike without warning, even in seemingly healthy individuals, and can be fatal if not treated immediately. To address this issue, the Foundation is taking a two-pronged approach by creating an educational pamphlet for parents and students in North Carolina and pushing for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act for Student Athletes to be approved.
The educational pamphlet is designed to raise awareness of SCA and provide information on how to prevent and respond to it. It includes details on warning signs, steps to take in case of an emergency, and the importance of regular heart screenings, especially for those with a family history of heart disease. By providing this information, the Foundation hopes to empower families to take an active role in protecting their health and that of their children.
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act for Student Athletes aims to reduce the risk of SCA among student athletes by requiring coaches and other school personnel to receive training in recognizing and responding to SCA, including performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore the heart's rhythm. The act also calls for all student athletes with a family history of heart disease to undergo comprehensive heart screening, including an electrocardiogram (ECG) and physical examination. By detecting underlying heart conditions that may increase the risk of SCA, the act can help prevent SCA among student athletes.
Overall, the Christ Saves Hearts Foundation is committed to promoting heart health and preventing SCA in our communities. By combining education and legislative action, the Foundation hopes to make a significant impact on reducing the incidence of SCA among young athletes.