Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Lynn Batten, partnering with Heart for Athletes to perform heart screenings on Saturday, August 16th, was recently interviewed about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.
“EKG’s are still not a mandatory part of pre-participation screenings,” she said. “An EKG and echo may not detect every condition that could cause sudden cardiac death, but it certainly improves the chances of detection compared to current screening techniques.”
On Aug. 16, 2014, Dr. Batten will partner with a local group, Heart for Athletes, to conduct a free heart screening event for 75 high school athletes at USA’s Springhill Avenue Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Heart for Athletes heart screening will include a health history form, blood pressure check, an EKG, and a brief echo.
The screening should take about 20 minutes, and all EKG’s and echos will be read by Dr. Batten. Other demonstrations, such as CPR and AED training, will be available for teens and their family members.
Dr. Batten recently gave an overview of this topic at the June Med School Café lecture. To view the lecture in its entirety, click here.
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To register for the heart screening event, click here.