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By Jerry Carino
Asbury Park Press 

Medical professionals hope to prevent teen cardiac deaths

 


TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — After Donovan Catholic High School wrestler Brandon Gonzalez fell unconscious when his heart stopped at the end of a January match, media coverage focused on the heroic efforts that revived him.

For those all-too-familiar with such nightmares, however, the focus was different: How can we prevent the next one? Because there will be a next one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one student-athlete suffers sudden cardiac arrest every three to four days.

"You read about it probably at least two times a year," Pat Trott, an advocate for cardia...



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