The Peyton Walker Foundation, one of the state’s prominent heart screening advocates and leaders in providing CPR and AED training, is announcing the first-ever “Pennsylvania Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Youth Symposium” on April 4, 2020, in Hershey, Pa. The groundbreaking SCA In Youth Symposium features esteemed faculty from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Duke University, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU, Penn State Children’s Hospital, UPMC Children’s Hospital and UPMC Pinnacle. It is designed to increase the knowledge, skills, strategies and performance of healthcare providers and others who are responsible for the health and well-being of students.
“This symposium will educate healthcare providers and others who are responsible for the care and treatment of our students. Our incredible faculty includes thought leaders and internationally recognized medical professionals who are committed to our mission of increasing awareness and survival rates of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in our youth. Sadly, I’ve met too many parents who have lost their children to SCA due to a detectable and treatable heart condition. We must do better for our kids, and this Symposium will be an important step forward for children and families,” emphasized Julie Walker, executive director of The Peyton Walker Foundation.
“As a pediatric cardiologist, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact of conditions associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth and young adults. Far too often, these conditions go undetected. This groundbreaking symposium will discuss strategies that can lead to the identification of these life-threatening cardiac conditions, and will explore the latest diagnostic and treatment options to help prevent sudden cardiac death in youth,” according to Victoria L. Vetter, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Symposium and Medical Director, Youth Heart Watch at the Cardiac Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, an affiliate of Project ADAM®.
The Symposium will address the prevalence of this issue; the detection and prevention of heart issues that can lead to SCA; screening protocols; and implementation of screenings into medical practices. Attendees are eligible for continuing education credits. Potential attendees include: pediatricians, family medicine physicians, primary care sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, cardiologists/pediatric cardiologists, physician assistants, nurses/nurse practitioners, coaches and beyond. Sponsors to date include: Avive Solutions, Inc., Cardiac Insight, ZOLL Medical Corporation. Registration is $199 per person before February 29 or $249 per person after March 1. For more information or to register, go to PeytonWalker.org.
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs in both active and sedentary children and this potentially life-saving course will provide the latest information on the causes of SCA; methods for potential prevention of SCA and sudden cardiac death; and current efforts at the local and national levels to safeguard our youth from succumbing to SCA,” according to Salim Idriss, M.D., Ph.D., and executive co-director of the Duke University Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center.