Every year, students die from sudden cardiac arrest due to abnormal heart structure or abnormal rhythms. To help detect young people who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, Beaumont offers free heart checks to high school students that include:
- medical history evaluation
- blood pressure check
- physical examination
- electrocardiogram, or ECG
- echocardiogram, quick look
This type of student cardiac screening is generally not included in the routine physical required before participating in school sports. The Beaumont Healthy Heart Check Student Heart Screening is designed for high school students ages 13 to 18. Younger children are not typically screened because structural abnormalities including abnormal heart muscle thickening, which is the most common cause of sudden death in the U.S., do not become apparent until later in adolescence.
Here are some statistics on the Student Heart Check program since it began in May 2007:
10,308 kids in Michigan have been screened
975 needed some sort of follow up with a doctor
107 were advised to stop sports until they follow up with a cardiologist
4 have been found with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most serious of all heart issues we are trying to detect
97.1 The Ticket is pleased to partner with Beaumont Hospital on the Student Heart Check Program. Your donation today can help save a life.
Watch for more details on the upcoming free community screening in the Plymouth/Canton area.