Approximately 5,000 to 10,000 youths die from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the U.S. Most of these deaths are due to undetected heart conditions, many of which could have been identified with a simple cardiac screening. Screening your child may save their life.
We invite youth ages 10+ to attend our FREE or low cost heart screening events
Our organizations heart screening program is designed to work with small athletic teams, troops, youth groups, and schools students 10+ in our community. We will bring our equipment and trained volunteers to perform Electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG). The results are read by a pediatric cardiologist trained in diagnosing the conditions associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest in children and are delivered to the point of contact within 3-5 business days. Statistics show that 95.5% of children are considered low risk for cardiac issues. In 4% of children the results are inconclusive or suggest something that requires further testing such as an Echocardiogram. Most rarely, but most importantly we catch high risk results. Statistics show that 1 in 2000 children are at risk for sudden cardiac death (.05% overall).
What is an Electrocardiogram?
An electrocardiogram — abbreviated as EKG or ECG — is a non invasive test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. With each beat, an electrical impulse (or “wave”) travels through the heart. This wave causes the muscle to squeeze and pump blood from the heart. A normal heartbeat on ECG will show the timing of the top and lower chambers.
Why do you do it?
It is the simplest level of cardiac testing and
discover life threatening genetic diseases such
as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM),
Long QT syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White
Disease, Arrhythmia, and Abnormal Right
Ventricular Disease, which may have
gone undetected, possibly leading to
Sudden Cardiac Arrest. All of these conditions
may show no signs or symptoms leading up
to Sudden Cardiac Death.
How is it done?
An ECG involves placing electrodes on the chest to record the
signals of the heart. The test is easy, painless, non-invasive, and
takes less than 5 minutes. Boys will remove their shirts and girls
should wear a sports bra (recommended) or regular bra, which
will not need to be removed. Arrangements will be made for privacy.
Is it harmful or does it hurt?
No. The machine only records the ECG. It doesn’t send electricity into the body. It does not involve needles, blood work, radiation exposure, or sedation.
What if my child needs a follow-up?
We will supply you with some information on what the potential problem might be and recommend a pediatric cardiologists in the area. They can continue to participate in sports but are highly recommended to get their cardiologist visit done within 30 days to determine the reasoning of an abnormal ECG.
What if my child is considered high risk?
If your child is flagged as high risk, he or she should see a pediatric cardiologist immediately and not participate in sports in any way until cleared by the specialist
How much does it cost?
It's just $15 per child, compared to upwards of $150 at the hospital. However, if you cannot afford the $15, it's free of charge, no questions asked.
Isn't this covered in my childs annual or sports physical?
No, the annual or sports physical exam only includes a family history questionnaire and requires a doctor to listen to the heart with a stethoscope. Studies show that this is only 1% effective in detecting heart issues. Adding an ECG screening improves the effectiveness in detection of heart issues by up to 85%.
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