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The state of Pennsylvania is asking high school -- to take some additional responsibility keeping an eye out for signs of a condition that could lead -- heart attacks in their student athletes so should be mandated that students.
Be tested before they can hit the field are medically team's doctor Marc Siegel -- before we get into -- I was reading up on this the numbers are staggering -- how many people -- Hamid.
People's kids die each year because of -- sudden.
Cardiac arrest -- 7000.
Kids die in the United States every year from sudden cardiac arrest what's most disturbing.
Is the vast majority of them do not know they have a problem.
-- everyone out there knows you're an athlete you played double -- baseball you a fourteen year old son he's playing sports I have a fifteen year old son trying to awful crew.
I'm concerned about this representative Mike -- down and Pennsylvania has kids same age teens he's concerned about this let's hear what he has to say is the author of the law.
Mandate is legislation is to remove the child -- from the field and he's symptoms and we could occur.
A coach cannot turn their head on such serious.
Symptoms from some -- -- -- Part of the training -- this'll all most of us law is to address the cornfield scenario.
See if you see these symptoms at that child is removed.
And then then directed to a cardiologist -- another medical doctor.
That's the key thing.
-- people of symptoms they don't know what they are what are -- Well you know we were talking about this before you have to -- you get very tired of shortness of breath your heart is racing you feel like you're gonna blackout you get busy these -- -- -- Those are symptoms of being extremely when needed when a coach -- jumping down the field in ninety degree Heidi tell the difference Erica I feel if you have those symptoms physician has to be involved or nurse practitioner hopefully -- cardiologist.
Someone who knows how to tell the difference you can't know.
But I also interviewed Joseph Harrington -- a kid who almost died but luckily got screened in time what a powerful story.
-- during the summer during our vacation we take a communication -- -- day Cape Cod Massachusetts and I was just walking down.
I felt my heart just be really really fast so I didn't know what was happening I thought maybe -- to a show there.
Or something like that and I'm really had no idea and that's kind of when -- time might need to see a doctor.
And that's why it's important not because there are kids -- can be -- right.
-- for every 7000 that has a sudden cardiac arrest there's another seven to 101000.
That can be saved also if you have the problem and you go to get help in time like drew did.
They can do things for you they contemplate something they can fix your heart they can do surgery you can go on medication you go back on the field like he has.
That's really important it's not that you're never gonna play sports again it's that you need medical treatment first -- lest we -- -- a couple of seconds what's a lesson to parents.
Be careful don't wave it off withdrew all that the first you thought it was Coca-Cola don't wave it off if you're not feeling well look as you said Eric they heat.
You think oh I'm fatigued it's too much you don't have some Gatorade all have some water get checked by a physician very good Duck-Soo good advice as always -- -- here.
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