Heart screenings are not currently a part of regular well-child checkups or pre-participation sports physicals, despite the fact that studies show the standard non-cardio focused approach to youth checkups misses 90% of youth at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. EKGs have been shown to be the most effective screening tool. The stethoscope was invented 200 years ago: the fact is that heart conditions that may trigger SCA can only be seen, not heard. That’s why international guidelines recommend youth be screened every two years through age 25.
Our heart screening is open to all youth ages 12-25 years old. The screening typically takes about an hour to complete. Here is what it consists of.
We will let you know when the registration is open for our heart screening.
The American Red Cross says "An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm."
Most occurrences of SCA in youth occur in public places. The increased availability of publicly accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and school-sponsored athletic events will dramatically increase the probability that youth will survive SCA. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, a victim’s chance for survival decreases 10%
We have purchased an AED for donation to Leigh High School for 2019. We have plans to donate AEDs to schools, youth sport programs or anywhere that children spend time and where they could have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Also, we will work with schools or sport programs to put a cardiac emergency plan in place.
You can triple someone's chance of survival of SCA when you take these three steps
Many of us have grown up with stop, drop and roll in schools and we want to get Call, Push, Shock in every school as well. We believe that all kids should learn CPR as it is a life skill that can save a life.
We want to get awareness of AEDs, many people do not realize that AEDs can be used by anyone not just trained medical staff. You can follow a audio step by step instructions and an AED can not hurt someone, they help.