STATEHOUSE- State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) testified today before the Commission on Education on a program which would bring awareness to sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes.
“I want to increase awareness on all fronts,” said Rep. Bacon. “I think we need to educate the coaches, the students and the parents on the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest. If everyone knows what signs to look for, any student athlete who is even suspected of experiencing a symptom of sudden cardiac arrest can be immediately removed from play. If this saves even one young life, it will be worth it.”
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Each day, this medical emergency affects about 16 people under the age of 18. Symptoms include fainting, difficulty breathing, chest pains, dizziness or an abnormal racing heart.
“If you look at the statistics, the American Heart Association (AHA) reports that nearly 54 percent of cardiovascular deaths occur in high school students. This is a staggering number” said Rep. Bacon. “During the 2014 legislative session, I will be presenting a bill to the General Assembly to address this issue and to ensure that students, parents and schools are being proactive about athlete safety.”
Rep. Bacon served as chairman of the St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital Foundation for six years and has worked in the healthcare industry for over 45 years.