Madden Bill Aiming To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death By Expanding Medical Examinations For Children Approved By Committee

From: PolitikerNJ

In an effort to prevent instances of sudden cardiac death, Senator  Fred H.  Madden sponsored legislation that would require that all annual  physical  examinations given to children under the age of 19 include  questions evaluating  the child’s cardiovascular disease risk, and  require health care practitioners  who perform these examinations to  complete training on cardiac screening. The  bill was approved today by  the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior  Citizens Committee.

“While sudden cardiac death is the number one killer among student  athletes,  we cannot ignore the fact that all children - regardless of  whether they  participate in sports – could be susceptible to heart  conditions that cause  sudden death,” said Senator Madden, D-Gloucester  and Camden. “This bill is  about expanding procedures for all medical  examinations, so that every child  receives a baseline evaluation about  their cardiac health.”

The bill, S-2461, would require that all annual medical examinations  of  children under the age of 19 include questions contained in the  “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation” form, which was developed jointly  by the  American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of  Pediatrics, the  American College of Sports Medicine, the American  Medical Society for Sports  Medicine, the American Orthopedic Society for  Sports Medicine, and the American  Osteopathic Academy of Sports  Medicine.

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