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Boston Scientific Launches Educational Initiative to Address Disparities in Cardiovascular Care
Date:2/4/2008

a leading cause of death among young athletes. Toward this end, Close the Gap has established a close relationship with the Black Coaches and Administrators organization, a national nonprofit whose members are mentors and leaders in their communities. Statistics reveal that in the United States, a young competitive athlete dies from sudden cardiac arrest every three or four days. The average age of those who die is 17.5 years, ninety percent of them are male, and more than half are black.

"As coaches, we are on the front lines of the battle against sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes," said Floyd Keith, Executive Director of Black Coaches and Administrators. "We have the power to help save lives, and we're proud to join with Boston Scientific to spread the word about this largely unrecognized crisis and work to make a difference."

Close the Gap plans to conduct outreach events during 2008 at several NCAA basketball games, local public school districts and major women's conferences. For more information on the Close the Gap campaign and updates on outreach venues as they become available, please visit http://www.heart-health-disparities.org.

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: http://www.bostonscientific.com.

Statistics cited in this release are taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.

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