State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. The Republic recently interviewed him about how to better educate parents and students about the disease.
Question: How did you come to be a board member of American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy?
Answer: I met Anthony Miller, who is the founder of the foundation, a few years ago after he moved here from Colorado. Anthony has cardiomyopathy and shared with me some of his challenges and concerns. He told me he planned to start this foundation and asked if I would be interested in helping him. I was only too happy to help him educate people regarding the issue.
What can educators do to inform students and parents about the potential dangers of cardiomyopathy?
A: I would especially encourage parents, especially parents of student athletes, to educate themselves about cardiomyopathy. This disease is typically genetic. Parents should be aware of their family history. They should not overlook any potential symptoms such as chest pain or pressure regardless of how small they may seem. If parents have any concerns about their child's health, they should consult a doctor and request a screening.
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