North County Now (Potsdam, N.Y.) reported on Aug. 1 that Renee Langstaff will swim from Prescott, Ontario, Canada, to her hometown of Ogdensburg, N.Y., to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in youth on Aug. 5. The event raised more than $1,000 for Parent Heart Watch, the national voice solely dedicated to protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and preventable Sudden Cardiac Death.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heart disease is the second leading cause of disease related fatality in youth.
Langstaff says it doesn’t have to be that way.
“We can improve our success rate of detecting cardiac conditions which put children at risk for sudden cardiac death. Prevention can be accomplished through cardiac screenings which include a comprehensive review of potential high risk factors including family history, and an electrocardiogram (ECG).
“If we can make this early detection screening a standard of care, we can save lives.”
Langstaff, an alumna and former faculty member of the Physician Assistant program, is the founder and president of SIDz KIDz, LLC. She is a member of Parent Heart Watch, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. She partners with Sportlink, Inc. to provide elective cardiac screening to families and their children.