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