Navigation Links
Boston Scientific Raises Awareness of Heart Disease at Brandon Jennings Invitational
Date:1/5/2012

NATICK, Mass., Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Statistics reveal that in the United States a young competitive athlete dies suddenly every three days as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).[1] The lives of young athletes at risk for SCA can be saved if athletes, coaches and families are aware of SCA risk factors and at-risk youths are screened by a physician. To raise awareness of SCA prevention, Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) today announced that its educational initiative Close the Gap is partnering with the Under Armour Brandon Jennings Invitational, an annual tournament that features 10 of the nation's top high school basketball programs, which will be held at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, January 7.

"Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs and, if not immediately treated, death can result within minutes," said Marcie Berger, M.D., F.A.C.C., a Milwaukee-area cardiologist. "Young athletes, especially males and those who are African American are particularly at risk, so detection is key to survival of at-risk youth."

To encourage event attendees to learn more about SCA as well as other cardiovascular conditions, Close the Gap will staff an educational booth and distribute free materials throughout the tournament. Free blood pressure screenings will also be offered by volunteers from Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital. The public can learn more about SCA and heart disease risk factors at www.your-heart-health.com.

"We often hear that people are surprised Close the Gap is raising awareness of heart disease among young athletes when they appear to be so healthy and fit. This is precisely why we are here," said F. Roosevelt (Rosey) Gilliam, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., a Close the Gap steering committee member. "Heart disease can affect the young and the old, and it causes more deaths in Americans of both genders and across all racial and ethnic groups than any other disease. In Wisconsin, it claims more than 10,000 lives each year.[2] However, if individuals can learn their risk factors and the symptoms of heart disease, they can become proactive in controlling their heart health. This is especially important for women, black Americans and Latino Americans who often experience disparities in cardiovascular care."

The Invitational will feature some of the nation's premier high school basketball programs, including Menomonee Falls (Menomonee Falls, WI), Lake Central (St. John, IL), Abraham Lincoln (Brooklyn, NY), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD), Patterson (Baltimore, MD), Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA), Price (Los Angeles, CA), Marquette (Milwaukee, WI), Lone Peak (Highland, UT), and Melrose (Memphis, TN).

About Close the Gap
Close the Gap is a Boston Scientific educational initiative designed to educate, equip and empower communities and individuals to reduce disparities in cardiovascular care for women, black Americans and Latino Americans. Close the Gap also aims to bring awareness to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) being the leading cause of death among young athletes. The program is led by a steering committee of leading physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country.

Organizations supporting efforts to address disparities in cardiovascular care and working actively with Close the Gap include WomenHeart, Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA), the National Medical Association, the Association of Black Cardiologists, the American College of Cardiology and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. Several National Collegiate Athletic Association

(NCAA) member schools also support Close the Gap efforts.

For more information on Close the Gap, please visit www.your-heart-health.com and follow news and event updates on Facebook and Twitter.

About Boston Scientific
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 www.bostonscientific.com.

[1] Drezner, Jonathan, et al. Inter-Association Task Force Recommendations on Emergency Preparedness and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in High School and College Athletic Programs: A Consensus Statement. Heart Rhythm Society. 2007;4:549-565.

[2] "Regional Variations in Coronary Heart Disease Mortality in Wisconsin, 1979-1998;" Wisconsin Medical Journal 2002, Vol. 101, No. 3

 

 


'/>"/>
SOURCE Boston Scientific
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Vicus Therapeutics to Present at the 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, MA
2. Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 2007
3. Boston University Biomedical Engineers Find Chink in Bacterias Armor
4. Boston Scientific to Release Broad Range of Clinical Trial Data Reinforcing Safety and Efficacy of Taxus(R) Coronary Stent Systems at TCT 2007
5. Preliminary Results of Randomized Pilot Study Show Comparable Efficacy for OrbusNeichs Genous(TM) Bio-engineered R Stent(TM) and Boston Scientifics Taxus(R) Stent in Patients at High Risk of Restenosis
6. Boston Scientific PROMUS(TM) and TAXUS(R) Stents Continue Strong Performance in Safety and Efficacy Measures
7. Boston Scientifics Next-Generation Stent Shows Improved Clinical Outcomes in Complex Lesions
8. Positive Five-Year Safety Data for TAXUS(R) Stent Reported in Boston Scientific Trial
9. Boston Scientific Carotid Artery Stenting Trials Produce Positive Three-Year Results
10. Award-Winning Medicine Wheel Returns to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on Dec. 1 for 24-hour Vigil Recognizing World AIDS Day
11. Boston Scientific Announces CE Mark Approval for New Devices to Treat Heart Failure and Sudden Cardiac Death
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their ... treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces ... fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps ... and chloride in balance. Increasing number of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology and ... platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 nd ... 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A demonstration ... of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will be ... is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan ... require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of ... Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to ... said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... plastic surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to ... known procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. ... articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):