Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education Video Series

The U-M Cardiovascular Center and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have combined efforts to promote good cardiac screening practices by pediatric, family practice and school health care providers and to support emergency response readiness at local schools.

The below series of videos was filmed during a seminar led by expert physicians and leaders in the field, addressing two important issues:

  • How to identify the student at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest: This portion of the seminar addresses the sports physical screening process and the need to expand the screening to include all students. It describes how to identify the student who needs a more detailed cardiac evaluation and is directed toward local pediatricians and school faculty.
  • How to prepare schools to respond to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest: This portion of the seminar helps school faculty and staff learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency. It includes a discussion of the appropriate use, number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools.

Presentation Videos:

Video #1:  Sudden cardiac arrest in the young and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy:  What can and should be done

Lisa Salberg is the founder, President and CEO of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA). This national organization was established to raise awareness about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a relatively common condition (it affects 1 in 500 adults) and the most frequent cause of sudden death in young athletes. In this keynote address, she presents a five-point plan for reducing sudden cardiac deaths in all young people (not just athletes). The plan includes public education of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other causes of sudden death, the development of CPR training and emergency response programs in the schools, and the promotion of good cardiac screening practices in all children.

Video #2:  Wes Leonard:  What we’ve learned from a tragic story

Darryl Elmouchi, MD, is the Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Frederick Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute, Spectrum Health Center. In this presentation, he discusses the experience that the western Michigan region had after the sudden death of Wes Leonard, a high school basketball player. He addresses issues related to cardiac screening practices (what should be part of a standard pre-participation screening program) and discusses how schools can be prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.

Video #3:  Prevalence and causes of sudden cardiac arrest in the young

Sharlene Day, MD, is a Cardiologist and the Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. She discusses the incidence and causes of sudden death in children and young adults. She highlights that there are a number of causes of sudden death and that there is not a single cardiac test that is good at detecting all of them.

Video #4:  Cardiac screening of the student and student athlete

Mark Russell, MD, is a Pediatric Cardiologist at the University of a Michigan who studies genetic disorders that affect the heart including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He contributed to the revision of the Michigan High School Athletic Association pre-participation sports screening form and has studied sports screening practices. He discusses the pre-participation sport screening process using a detailed history and physical to identify children that need more advanced cardiac screening with an ECG, an echocardiogram or exercise test.

Video #5:  ED Survey: Lansing-area high schools

Monica Goble, MD, is a University of Michigan Pediatric Cardiologist with a practice in Lansing, Michigan. In this talk, she presents her findings on the availability and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Lansing area high schools. She discusses the need for CPR and AED training within the schools.