PA Lawmakers pass “Peyton’s Law” to Combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth

Pennsylvania lawmakers unanimously passed Peyton’s Law which now only needs the Governor’s signature.  Peyton’s Law is named after 19 year old Peyton Walker who died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2013.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death of student athletes.

“As a mother who lost my beautiful 19-year old daughter to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, I’ve worked relentlessly to save other parents from this heartache.  Today, I am calling upon Governor Wolf to swiftly sign Peyton’s Law, an important piece of legislation that may very well save young lives throughout our Commonwealth.  I applaud all of our lawmakers in Pennsylvania for unanimously supporting and voting in favor of Peyton’s Law. Our family is especially grateful to Sen. Mike Regan for his leadership around Sudden Cardiac Arrest and in protecting our youth”, said Julie Walker. 

Peyton’s Law would require:

  • That the importance of EKG testing and how it can help detect heart issues leading to SCA be included in the PIAA form that student athletes, their parents/guardians have to review and sign, prior to participating in school athletics.
  • Schools to include information in this PIAA form outlining the option to request an EKG from a family’s medical provider, at their expense, during a comprehensive physical examination.
  • PA Department of Education (PDE) to develop and post information on their website about SCA – including warning signs/symptoms – and the importance of EKG testing for students.

“With Governor Wolf’s signature, Pennsylvania will become the second state in the country to pass legislation that focuses on Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the importance of heart screenings for our youth – what a remarkable accomplishment! Having this bill signed into law quickly will enable us to deploy our awareness campaign prior to the start of the upcoming school year, maximizing our life-saving impact. Let’s get this law signed and ensure that The Beat Goes On for youth in Pennsylvania”, said Walker.