Heart Screenings Vital for Student Athletes

Our friends at the Quinn Driscoll Foundation are setting the standard for heart screenings.

As the PeaceHealth Southwest Heart & Vascular Center and the Quinn Driscoll Foundation prepare to host our 4th “Young Champions” Student Athlete Screening Clinic, recent cases of sudden cardiac arrest weigh heavy on our hearts and minds.

The loss of two young athletes and the near-death of a third student have raised the visibility of sudden cardiac arrest among active teens, and many parents are taking precautionary measures to seek out screening options with the hope of identifying any risk to their own children.

An EKG along with an Echocardiogram would very likely have detected a heart defect in Quinn Driscoll, a 13-year-old student athlete at Wy’ East Middle School who died in 2009 after suffering cardiac arrest while running on the track during gym class.

Quinn had undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It is believed to exist in roughly 1 out of 500 individuals, and approximately one case of sudden cardiac death occurs every three days in organized youth sports across the United States.

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