Student Athlete Heart Screening at Pittsburg High School Finds Undiagnosed Heart Conditions

Posted on Mar 3, 2016

12804658_1082487145105695_6636230061540521430_nSutter Delta, Alta Bates Summit and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation partnered with the Darius Jones Foundation and Pittsburg High School to give comprehensive cardiac screening to 154 student athletes Feb. 27.

“This screening identified six pre-existing heart conditions in student athletes that could potentially increase their risk of sudden cardiac death during vigorous physical activity and/or competitive sports,” says Vipul Gupta, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation cardiologist. “We feel very fortunate to have caught these undiagnosed heart conditions.”

Thanks to more than 60 clinical and nonclinical volunteers from Sutter Delta, SEBMF and Alta Bates Summit, student athletes ages 15-18 received a painless, noninvasive, comprehensive cardiac screening that included a health history form completed by a parent or guardian, an electrocardiogram (EKG) that reads the heartbeat and, if necessary, an echocardiogram that captures an image of the heart. Read More

Student Athletes to Receive Free Comprehensive Cardiac Screenings

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

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Angela Lombardi

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, February 27

 Student Athletes to Receive Free Comprehensive Cardiac Screenings

Pittsburg, CA – Sutter Health is partnering with the Darius Jones Foundation to provide free comprehensive cardiac heart screenings to hundreds of student athletes at Pittsburg High School Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The routine medical evaluation an athlete has to obtain before they participate in competitive sports, typically wouldn’t detect an underlying heart condition that could put these young athletes at risk for sudden cardiac arrest,” says Vipul Gupta, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical cardiologist. “This screening will examine young athletes’ heart to identify any pre-existing heart conditions that could potentially increase an athlete’s risk of sudden cardiac death during vigorous physical activity and/or competitive sports.”

The screening is painless and noninvasive (no needles or X-ray exposure). It includes a health history form completed by a parent or guardian, an electrocardiogram (EKG) that reads the heartbeat and, if necessary, an echocardiogram that captures an image of the heart. The estimated cost is $2,000 per student athlete.

“I did not want Darius’ death to be in vain and I wanted to understand why it happened and not let it happen to another child,” says Beverly Bradley. “The mission of the Darius Jones Foundation is to inform parents of how rare and precious our children’s gifts are. Early detection is prevention and by screening young hearts and providing CPR and AED training we can protect them.”

According to statistics, one high school aged athlete suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest every three days in the U.S! The leading cause of death in young athletes on the playing field is an undetected heart condition. The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using EKGs and in some cases an Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart.

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About Sutter Health Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other healthcare service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology. Sutter Health cares for more than three million people in 100 Northern California communities. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network visit: sutterhealth.org | facebook.com/sutterhealth | youtube.com/sutterhealth | twitter.com/sutterhealth

 

About Darius Jones Foundation

In October 2009, Darius Jones suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while doing what he loved best: competing in a youth basketball game. He was fifteen years old. Darius’s death exposed a need which is now being met by the foundation that bears his name. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, we seek to reduce the disparity in cardiac arrest deaths in communities of color. In Contra Costa County, the death rate from heart disease in African-Americans is 258.8 per 100,000, compared with 151.9 for whites. Public awareness campaigns for the recognition of the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and the application of CPR have been widely embraced in white communities, while the African-American and Hispanic communities historically have displayed distrust in medical establishments. By conducting community-level outreach using a neighborhood, block-to-block approach, we aim to inform African American, Hispanic, and White families of the threat of sudden cardiac arrest and teach them life-saving ways to respond. We strive to provide services to the most underserved areas, and the credibility of Darius’ story allows us to have the unique ability to connect with communities of color. dariusjonesfoundation.org

How Heart Health Affects Wound Healing

Posted on Jan 21, 2016

Heart health is an important factor in wound healing.

Coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and other issues with the heart and blood vessels can hinder the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrition to the wound. High cholesterol, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure also can affect the health of your heart.

To avoid these conditions, it is important to keep your heart healthy:

Live an active lifestyle with 30 minutes of exercise on most days.

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco of any kind.
  • Eat a diet that is heart-healthy. This includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other low-fat sources of protein.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these chronic conditions can lead to heart disease.
  • Ensure you get quality sleep by making it a priority in your life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
  • Manage your stress in a healthy way with positive self-talk, using stress stoppers, doing things you enjoy and relaxing on a regular basis.
  • See your healthcare provider for regular screenings. This includes blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.

Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. The cost to treat these wounds exceeds $50 billion annually.

For more information about how your heart health can affect wound healing, contact the Advanced Wound Care Center, 3903 Lone Tree Way, Suite 104, 925-779-2900.

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to East Bay Food Banks

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

generosity-heartTo help ease hunger for our neighbors during the holiday season, Sutter Health has donated $50,000 to three East Bay food banks:

Alameda County Food Bank
Food Bank of Contra Costa
Food Pantry of Davis Street Family Resource Center
This year, Sutter Health donated a quarter-million-dollar-plus to 27 food banks across Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. The donation enables local food banks to serve nutritious meals to those in need this holiday season.

“Our care teams play a special part in creating healthier communities,” says CEO Pat Fry. “Partnering with local food banks is another way we give back and help families stay well-nourished.”

In the past seven years, Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks total more than $1.6 million. On average, every dollar donated to food banks translates to more than four meals served.

East Bay’s First Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Rehab Patients

Posted on Dec 4, 2015

Ekso-pic sliderThe acute rehabilitation program at Alta Bates Summit now offers robotic exoskeleton therapy to help survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again.

Patented by Ekso Bionics – based in Richmond – the Ekso GT body suit adjusts continuously to support a patient’s every step. It offers new hope for greater independence and a better quality of life for a broad range of people with limited mobility due to injuries or illnesses. Read More

Two Bay Area Sutter Health Hospital Campuses Earn Top Grades in Latest Safety Scorecard

Posted on Nov 2, 2015

Antioch, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Two Bay Area Sutter Health-affiliated hospital campuses earned A grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score℠. Additionally, two Sacramento area Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals also earned top grades.

“Our team was so excited to hear this news!” says Dori Steven’s, the medical center’s CEO. “All of the staff has been focused on patient safety, speaking out for patient safety, so it is fantastic to see we were nationally recognized for our efforts. After all, our sole reason for being here is our patients’ well-being and health.”

Twice annually, more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Sutter hospital campuses earning A grades include:

Greater Bay Area

Greater Sacramento area

 

About Sutter Health

Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network visit: sutterhealth.org | facebook.com/sutterhealth | youtube.com/sutterhealth | twitter.com/sutterhealth

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SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

Happy Birthday 10The test of a good idea is how long it lasts. It has been 10 years since a small group of East Bay health care pioneers created a network that allows physicians to focus on building strong relationships with their patients.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG) are celebrating the anniversary of a 10-year partnership. On Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 100 employees, 49 physicians and four allied health professionals on board, SEBMF started providing hospitalist services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and opened its doors at three care centers in Berkeley. Read More