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Date: May 4, 2015 Contact: Becky Miller

Denville NJ - As Governor C. Christy signed S-471 today; New Jersey becomes the first state in the nation to include cardiac screening for all children in their well-child exams! The American Heart Association 14 point screening exam for sports pre-participation has proven an effective model to identify those in need of additional cardiac surveillance and with signage of this law all children will benefit from a review of all risk factors at every well-child exam ages 1 to 19. Several years ago the HCMA teamed up with Senator Fred Madden to draft legislation that will ensure every child has the opportunity to have appropriate cardiac testing if the clinical profile deems it necessary. While great strides were made through the passage, of the “Student Athlete Protection Act” toward cardiac health awareness, it was simply not enough. It was acknowledged by Senator Madden and the HCMA that it is far more common for a child to die from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or other cardiac disorders when they are NOT athletes – this new law ensure all children have access to screening regardless of athletic ability or interest. That gap has now been closed and the children of NJ have an opportunity at early diagnosis and treatment.

Working in partnership with Senator Madden, we were able to get this strong legislation passed and the children of New Jersey protected in this first of its kind legislation! This new law will ensure each child the opportunity to discuss with their healthcare provider the signs and symptoms related to diseases that can result in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). HCM is the leading cause of SCA in the young accounting for more than 36% of the deaths during sports. However, HCM is far more likely to take the life of a non-athlete, which is why we are exceedingly proud that New Jersey is the first state in the nation to take a proactive step to protect ALL children by this thoughtful and scientifically balanced approach. We know there are an estimated 17,000 people in NJ with HCM, sadly, most defy diagnosis until it is too late, this bill will help us find more children and families with HCM - and other genetic cardiac disorders.

“Every course of action must be taken to ensure the health and safety of our children,” said Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden). “With cardiac screenings at the forefront of every physical examination, heart-related health issues may be detected earlier, potentially saving the lives of those at risk.”

“As the Founder of the HCMA, a parent to a child with HCM and as a woman who was diagnosed as a child with HCM – I know all too well how important timely diagnosis is to ensure the best outcomes possible. Diagnosis can be difficult for some to obtain, this law levels the playing field giving every child and parent the opportunity to review critical family history, symptoms and discuss the presents of a heart murmur in a comprehensive manner with their own health care provider. I am beyond proud of my state today – as a jersey girl with a big heart... I assure you mine is very full today!” Said Lisa Salberg, Founder and CEO, HCMA.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 40-0. S-471 passed the Assembly with a vote of 58-13-1 in February. It will take effect on the first day of the fourth month next following the date of enactment.
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23 hours ago  ·  

HOT OFF THE PRESS: New Jersey becomes first State in the union to provide complete cardiovasular screening for ALL children in their well-child exam! The HCMA is proud to have requested this legislation and very appreciative to Senator Madden for his thoughtful work in passing this important law.

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TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden that would require all physical examinations of children under the age of 19 to include questions evaluating the child’s cardiovascular disease risk was signed into law today.

The legislation is part of a series of bills sponsored by Madden that aims to reduce the number of sudden cardiac deaths suffered by children. Approximately 2,000 apparently healthy children die suddenly from cardiac conditions each year in the United States. While some cardiac conditions have no identifiable inheritable pattern, other cardiac conditions may be identified through a thorough evaluation of a child, along with his or her family history.

“Every course of action must be taken to ensure the health and safety of our children,” said Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden). “With cardiac screenings at the forefront of every physical examination, heart-related health issues may be detected earlier, potentially saving the lives of those at risk.”

The law, S-471, 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.

The “Preparticipation Physical Examination” form is currently used to evaluate a student’s cardiac well-being in advance of any participation in scholastic athletics. The law would require that all physical examinations performed on children include these stringent questions about cardiac health, not only those that are required prior to participating in interscholastic or intramural sports.

Under the law, a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant who performs these examinations would have to complete a cardiac screening professional development module to increase the assessment skills of those health care practitioners who perform annual physical examinations of children.

“All children should be given the same level of physical examination for identifying cardiac problems,” said Madden. “This law will ensure that regardless of whether students participate in athletic activities, every child will receive the same level of evaluation for detecting cardiac risks.”

Madden has been the leading legislative advocate for measures to promote cardiac health among children and student athletes in New Jersey. He authored the law that established the “New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force” to find the best ways to increase awareness of the threat to young people and prevent the sudden and tragic deaths of those at risk. Following through on recommendations of the task force, Madden authored a package of bills that were signed into law. The laws included the “Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Reporting Act,” which requires the reporting of children’s sudden cardiac events and established a statewide database to keep track of the information. Madden also sponsored the “Scholastic Student Athlete Safety Act,” which established advanced cardiac screening methods for student athletes in grades six to 12 who participate in interscholastic or intramural sports.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 40-0. S-471 passed the Assembly with a vote of 58-13-1 in February. It will take effect on the first day of the fourth month next following the date of enactment.
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I'm saddened to say that this "association" is not what it represents. It is simply a front for those that wish to harm our children with out dated medical practices. This group is a front for others and not themselves. Sad but true. Most "associations" are non profit but not this one because they don't want their records revealed or disclosed so people would know the truth about their operations. ... See MoreSee Less

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