New research was published in May 2015 from Dr. Kim Harmon, UW Medicine. This is amazing new data that shows how a systematic, scientifically based approach that includes an EKG/ECG can make a difference. History and Physical aren't enough to help keep our kids safe to play the things they love. Here is the abstract.
The International Criteria is a new standard for reading electrocardiograms (ECGs) for athletes. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. Most hereditary, structural or electrical cardiac disorders that are associated with SCD in young athletes can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead ECG. Read more about it in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/03/bjsports-2016-097331
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY-United Kingdom) has a lot of helpful information. This page describes the various conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. http://www.myheart.org.uk/conditions/
Parent Heart Watch supports health, education, action and advocacy in protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. http://parentheartwatch.org/
Screen Across America is another place where you can find screenings in your area. www.screenacrossamerica.org/ Why is learning CPR so important? What exactly does an AED do? See this article for a simple explanation.
Athletic Testing Solutions, based in Overland Park, Kansas, offers heart checks and a great deal of information on their website. http://atsheartcheck.com/
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation has information on heart rhythm abnormalities on their "What is SADS?" page.http://www.sads.org/
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is one of the most common causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Find out more about HCM at the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association website. https://www.4hcm.org/
Dietary supplements can increase risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This Public Service Announcement is by a friend who lost her son to SCA. Meet Terri here.