HEART SCREENING FOR ATHLETES TO INCLUDE EKG AND ECHOCARDIOGRAM
Sparkling Angel Charities-The Kelly Weaver Memorial Fund has been offering no cost EKG heart screenings to high school students since 2003. This year we are excited to announce that University of California, Irvine will be providing both EKGs and Echocardiograms to all student athletes.
THIS IS A FREE HEART SCREENING
Collected data to be used in a research study about whether having an EKG and ultrasound test before participating in sports will find any hidden problems with an athlete’s heart.
Young athletes may have hidden heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or one causing Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). These conditions can result in Sudden Cardiac Death during intense exercise or stressful situations. Early detection and intervention are key in reducing fatalities.
“We are implementing a comprehensive screening program to enable us to effectively screen your child so we can potentially avoid a catastrophic event. Our strategy involves not only ECG screening, which would mainly detect electrical abnormalities such as LQTS, but also echocardiography to detect hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the leading cause of sudden death in athletes. We would appreciate your consent to achieving this goal”.
Uthara Mohan, M.D. Pediatric Cardiologist, Newport Beach
DATE and TIME: During your Community College Pre-Participation Physical Examination (PPE).
STUDENT MUST PROVIDE: UCI information packet . (Click link)
** The short Health History form must be filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian**
Student must present this packet when checking in at the EKG/Echo station.
In the event that an abnormality is detected, you will be notified in writing or by phone. The school will not be notified. ALL student information will be held in strict confidence.
A personal note to parents….
“I had no idea that something like this could happen to someone who is as active as I am. In the months after the heart ablation and now a year later, I can tell a difference in how my heart works”.
Noah DeWitt, Esperanza High School Junior
“We are very grateful for Sparkling Angel and others who promote the heart screening program available with our local on-campus high school sports physicals. Noah is a very active young man. Three days prior to receiving the letter from Sparkling Angel recommending that he should be seen by a cardiologist, he and his dad had returned from a week long downhill mountain biking trip. And the morning the cardiologist called…Noah was rock climbing.
Noah was diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White and two weeks later had a heart ablation-successfully eliminating the extra nerve in his heart. He was only out of school two days and back on the volleyball court competing in one week.
We encourage all parents to sigh up their high school child for an ECG screening”.
Steve and Cori DeWitt, Noah’s parents
Our daughter Kelly was a lifeguard and swim instructor. She died suddenly at 21. Her death was due to undiagnosed Long QT Syndrome, one of a number of heart arrhythmias that take the life of an estimated 4,000 young people each year. Kelly’s sister Katie and her father Henry both have LQTS, have been treated and are living active, healthy lives. Please take a few minutes to fill out the UCI screening form and let us screen your child for potentially fatal heart arrhythmias.
Henry and Monica Weaver, Sparkling Angel Charities-The Kelly Weaver Memorial Fund