Thursday, May 02, 2013 - STPH Partners with Living4Burke to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

COVINGTON, LA – Burke Cobb was a vibrant, athletic 14-year-old looking forward to playing high school football when he died of sudden cardiac arrest in July 2012. After his death, his family learned that he had an undiagnosed heart disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a thickening of the heart muscle that can cause sudden cardiac arrest.

St. Tammany Parish Hospital has partnered with Living4Burke, the foundation established by Burke’s family, to educate the public about the risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in the young and promote the benefits of screening student-athletes for signs of SCA through Echocardiograms, EKGs and blood pressure screenings. The leading cause of death among student-athletes, it is estimated that SCA claims the lives of 10,000 children every year. Up to 90 percent of SCAs in young athletes occur during or shortly after strenuous activity.

At STPH, special “Living4Burke Screening” packages including an Echocardiogram, EKG and blood pressure screening are available for student-athletes ages 12 to 18. The entire screening package is $150. Local cardiologists Hamid Salam and Bekir Melek have agreed to read these initial screenings. These physicians and the pediatric cardiologists from St. Tammany Parish Hospital-hosted clinics are local resources for those who may need a referral for further follow up.

Please visit for more information on this foundation and their mission to educate on the risks of SCA. To make an appointment for a Living4Burke screening, please call 985-871-5665.

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A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class health care and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.