"Sudden Cardiac Failure: A Silent Threat for Athletes" Community Seminar to be Hosted by Dr. Jeff Pierce of Michigan Sports & Spine on September 27, 2011

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Studies suggest that sudden cardiac death (SCD) in sports, while very tragic, is a rare event however the reality is these deaths are more common than previously reported. On September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Troy Community Center, Dr. Jeff Pierce of Michigan Sports & Spine and CORE Sports Fitness along with their partners will discuss this topic in full review. Discussions will be geared towards student athletes, parents, coaches etc.

Every three days, sudden cardiac death takes the life of a young U.S. athlete, such as a girl playing soccer, a high school football player or boy at hockey practice. Other high-risk sports include basketball, swimming, lacrosse and cross-country - Journal of the American Heart Association.

Studies suggest that Sudden Cardiac Death although a rare event, is more common than previously stated. On September 27, 2011, Michigan Sports & Spine and CORE Sports Fitness along with their partner National Diagnostic will review this concern and discuss options for testing, who's at risk, and how to prevent it.

Dr. Joel Kahn will discuss the medical concerns that a parent should have, signs to be aware of and precautionary measures that should be taken should an incident arise. Dr. Jeff Pierce, Medical Director of Michigan Sports & Spine and part owner of CORE Sports Fitness will be discussing the athletic aspects. Which athletes and sports are most at risk, what type of preventative measures can be taken and which athletes should be monitored.

The American Heart Association regards cardiovascular screening for athletes as an important public health issue, for which there are compelling ethical, legal and medical grounds and strongly encourages student-athletes and other participants in organized competitive sports to be screened with a careful history, including family history, and thorough physical examination.

National Diagnostic Services will be on hand to discuss diagnostic and preventative health services including the newly developed the "Cardio-Gram”, an inexpensive, non-invasive painless procedure highly effective in identifying risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke or aneurysm.

According to a 2003 review published in the New England Journal of Medicine,

  • Cardiovascular Disease is the number one cause of death
  • 90% of people who suffer from strokes experience no warning symptoms
  • Every year, twice as many women die from stroke as breast cancer
  • The majority of strokes and heart attacks are preventable

To Register and for additional information visit the CORE website http://www.coresportsfitness.com.

About Dr. Pierce:
Dr. Pierce is the Medical Director of Michigan Sports & Spine Centers and Co-Owner of CORE Sports Fitness. He specializes in a comprehensive treatment program for spine, musculoskeletal and joint injuries including sports and occupational problems. Dr. Pierce has served three terms on the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. He has been an active member on the task force designated to create the Prescription for Fitness for the State of Michigan. Dr. Pierce has been the Team Physician for the University of Michigan-Dearborn Athletics, Belle Tire Hockey Teams, Little Caesar's AAA Travel Hockey, the Detroit Fury and Detroit Dogs. He authored an "Ask the Doctor" column in Hockey Weekly, which has educated and advised the hockey community for nearly 3 years. He is known throughout the entertainment community as "Doc Rock," treating entertainers who perform at Palace Sports and Entertainment and Olympia Entertainment venues.

About Michigan Sports & Spine Center
Michigan Sports & Spine Center is a committed, comprehensive practice dedicated to overall health improvement, as well as injury rehabilitation, prevention with a non-surgical approach. Everything will be done in order to prevent you from surgery except when completely necessary; then making sure you get to the right surgeon is a priority. With patients ranging from high-profile athletes to everyday people, you will be confident that your pain will be relieved and resolved with Michigan Sports & Spine Centers. For more information visit website at http://www.michigansportsandspine.com or call 248.680.9000.

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