What is SCA?

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the condition in which the heart unexpectedly stops beating.
SCA is NOT a heart attack. Victims may never experience warning signs.  When SCA occurs, blood stops flowing to the brain, causing loss of consciousness / seizures in seconds.

If not treated within minutes, SCA results in death. 5 minutes! Yes, 5 minutes!

The rhythm of the heart can be restored with defibrillation, an electrical shock delivered to the chest by an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is why you and your child should be trained in CPR/AED. In the time it takes for EMS to arrive, you can be a hero and save a life.


The Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a simple, PAINLESS, NON-INVASIVE 5 minute test that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart. It identifies 80% of cardiac abnormalities.



Our Mission

Our mission is to make Delaware the Heart Healthiest state in the nation.

  • Screen every student in Delaware aged 10-23.
  • Train in CPR/AED. We want to give the opportunity for students AND parents to become
  • Heroes by knowing Hands Only CPR and how to use an AED.
  • Combat childhood obesity,
  • Combat the scourge of opiate addiction.
  • Augment the protocols of CERP (Cardiac Emergency Response Plan) in every school.

Proud Member of Parent Heart Watch

Heart In The Game has been a member for 5 years. We are also members of Delaware Sudden Death In Youth Commission.


ParentHeartWatch is the only national advocacy organization focused solely on protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest. PHW is comprised of parents and other advocates who have been personally touched by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and who now educate communities to save young lives by knowing the warning signs, providing youth heart screenings  Nationally: 688,500+ ECG Screenings   501,000Trained in CPR/AED   7300 AED's placed...and counting



Delaware members: Greer Firestone, Connie Malin, Rich and Robin Wagner (http://www.flylikeryan.com/) and Stew Krug (https://www.matthewkrugfoundation.org/)


Structural Heart Defects

(1) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick. Often, only one part of the heart is thicker than the other parts. The thickening can make it harder for blood to leave the heart, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. It also can make it harder for the heart to relax and fill with blood.


(2) Anomalous Coronary Artery: The coronary arteries deliver blood to the heart. When they are malformed or abnormal, the flow of oxygen to the heart is compromised.


(3) Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) The heart becomes weakened, enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently. This decreased function can effect lungs and liver as well.

Electrical Heart Defects

 (1) Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome (WPW): An extra electrical pathway into the heart allows a very abnormal heart rhythm to occur. This problem can be detected on an EKG even when symptoms are not present.


(2) Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. These rapid heartbeats may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure. In some cases, your heart may beat erratically for so long that it can cause sudden death. LQTS is genetic and runs in families.


(3) Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD) is a disorder in which normal myocardium is replaced by fibrofatty tissue. This disorder usually involves the right ventricle, but the left ventricle and septum also may be affected.


(4) Brugada Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. It is characterized by a specific abnormal signal on the EKG. Brugada syndrome is frequently an inherited condition.

Support Heart In The Game

As a small, mostly volunteer based organization, we rely on donor support to continue our work and ensure that we have the best technology available for trainings. Your support also ensures that we can provide more screenings. Thank you.


Screenings completed


People trained in CPR/AED


Abnormalties detected in DE