Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy occurs in 1 out of 500 people, but often goes undiagnosed in the community. Sudden cardiac death from heart rhythm disturbances kills 1 in 3,000 young people each year. Johns Hopkins researchers suggest doing several screening tests, which can help save lives.
Early Detection Screenings, Inc. (EDS) provides cardiac screenings for students ages 13 to 23 including middle school, high school, and college athletes as well as all young athletes participating in recreational sports. We have developed a Cardiac Pre-Screening Program for athletes to identify Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and abnormal heart rhythms such as long QT Syndrome, both of which are the most common congenital cardiac defects to cause sudden death in athletes.
In the past, the costs of these tests have prevented their routine use on student athletes on a wide scale. Now, EDS has made arrangements to bring these services to athletes at a reasonable cost. EDS can provide an Electrocardiogram (EKG), which detects abnormal electrical activity through the heart and an Echocardiogram (Echo), which evaluates structure and function of the heart for a total of $99 per student. Our testing is performed by registered technicians and evaluated by a board certified cardiologist. This testing requires an appointment which can be set up by calling us at 337-232-4150. The testing is painless, quick, convenient, and affordable.
How long will the screening last?
The screening process, including blood pressure measurement, an EKG, and an ECHO takes around 15-20 minutes.
Will I need to accompany my student to the screening?
Yes, we recommend coming with your student to the office. Since the student is a minor, it’s better for him or her to be accompanied by a guardian for convenience and emotional support.
Who should get tested?
Any child involved in a high exertion activity such as sports, running, swimming, cheerleading or marching band between the ages of 13-23.
Why is it best to have my child screened during his or her teen years?
The risk of developing HCM peaks in the teen years because the heart is closer to maturity. The risks of having a cardiac event increase with physical activity, such as those associated with competitive sports and exertional activities.
Should college-age athletes also be screened?
Yes. These young athletes also fall into the “at risk” age group