On June 6, 2011 Grace Firestone went tubing on the Brandywine River, trained at her local gym, and later went into sudden cardiac arrest on her mother’s bedroom floor. She was 18 years old. The momentary event altered the course of her life thereafter. Here, the second-year Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University medical more »
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If your child plays school sports, especially sports that require the heart to work hard — such as basketball, football, soccer, running, and swimming — a physical exam focusing on heart health should be a top priority, says Preventive/Sports Cardiologist Dr. David Shipon.
In 2010, Jefferson introduced new capabilities for portable extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which provides both cardiac and respiratory support to individuals with severely diseased or damaged heart and lungs.