heart problems http://kplu.org en College athletes urged to get high-tech heart test http://kplu.org/post/college-athletes-urged-get-high-tech-heart-test <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">College and high school athletes are typically in top physical shape. Except a few have an invisible heart condition that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest, where they drop dead on the court or field.</span></p><p>A new study by a group of physicians led by a team doctor for the University of Washington Huskies recommends all student athletes get a high-tech heart scan called an electrocardiogram, or EKG.</p><p>The catch is their doctors probably need additional training. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:24:50 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8510 at http://kplu.org College athletes urged to get high-tech heart test Man walks out of Seattle hospital with no heartbeat (just a pump) http://kplu.org/post/man-walks-out-seattle-hospital-no-heartbeat-just-pump <p>Of all the organs to take out of your body, the heart is the most dramatic. About 90 people in the Pacific Northwest are on a wait-list for a heart transplant. While they&#39;re waiting, many are confined to bed, for months or even years at a time, with an artificial heart connected to a 418-pound pump.&nbsp;</p><p>A new artificial heart allows them to walk around, and, now, even leave the hospital. It&rsquo;s still considered experimental, although it&rsquo;s been used more than 1,000 times around the world.</p><p>The first person to walk onto the streets of Seattle with an artificial heart&mdash;plus its external battery pack&mdash;exited the University of Washington Medical Center on Wednesday. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:39:01 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4528 at http://kplu.org Man walks out of Seattle hospital with no heartbeat (just a pump) Effort grows to check young hearts for early signs of cardiac arrest http://kplu.org/post/effort-grows-check-young-hearts-early-signs-cardiac-arrest <p>A local mom whose teenage son died from sudden cardiac arrest is pushing to make sure the tragedy doesn&rsquo;t happen to other families. She&#39;s part of an effort to check young people across the state for undetected heart conditions. <a href="http://district.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=231280&amp;sessionid=c1cd20c72314f2b2d56589b0b09cfb31">Its largest screening to date is this Wednesday</a>, June 1st, at Garfield High School in Seattle.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 May 2011 14:05:34 +0000 Charla Bear 1695 at http://kplu.org Effort grows to check young hearts for early signs of cardiac arrest