One Student Athlete Dies
Every 3 Days Because Of SCA
(Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
1 in 100
Kids has an Undetected Heart Condition
(that's one too many)
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
is the #1 Killer of Student Athletes
(with a 95% Fatality Rate)
Why would you risk your child's heart health?
SCD is the result of unsuspecting cardiovascular disease causing the heart to stop without warning or symptoms. Though many causes have been found, most cases result from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the thickening of a heart muscle that obstructs blood outflow.
SCD in teenage athletes assumes a high public profile because of the youth and presumed fitness level of the victims – making the preventable death of a child, (often witnessed first-hand by loved ones and community members), such a devastating event with far-reaching repercussions.
No. Schools have multiple automated external defibrillators (AEDs), but most cardiac fatalities occur before a defibrillator can be administered. Young lives are too valuable to rely on reactive measures alone, like AEDs.
A test commonly given after cardiac arrest is an electrocardiogram (ECG). During an ECG, 12 sensors (electrodes) that can detect the electrical activity of the heart are attached to the patient's chest to measure the timing and duration of each electrical phase in the heartbeat and reveal disturbances in heart rhythm. And ECG is a simple, noninvasive test that can detect risk for sudden SCA in an individual not detectable by exam and history alone. Several organizations, including the International Olympic Committee and some national governments, require that athletes' screenings include an electrocardiogram (ECG) before they are cleared to compete.
Otherwise known as echocardiography, the ultrasound is a simple, non-invasive test that uses inaudible sound waves to make two-dimensional images of the heart's walls and motions. mCORE technicians begin by applying sound-enhancing gel to the patient's skin, and then placing a transducer against it. This device emits a beam of high-frequency sound waves into the body. These waves bounce off body fluids and soft tissues, and — in the same way a bat "echolocates" its surroundings — the transducer records minute variations in the echoes and uses them to formulate a live feed of the person's internal organs. Ultrasound is completely painless and harmless; in fact, it's captivating for those who wish to view the inner workings of their own body. This test along with the EKG helps to greatly reduce false positives.
Performed off-site, each person's test results will be interpreted by a board of certified cardiologist and returned within 7-10 business days of the screening event. The images of both the EKG and Echo testing are sent electronically to participants mCORE account. These images are housed indefinitely on mCORE's HIPAA compliant medical site and can be accessed at anytime. Should you want to send images to your doctor, simply download onto PC or memory device to send to your medical professional. If evaluators detect cause for further evaluation, patients and their families will be notified with specific follow-up recommendations.
Funded by The mCORE Foundation, mCORE offers the American Heart Association Hands Free CPR-AED training for no cost to our school partners. Our instructors work to visit your school health classes, sports teams or booster events to help fulfill your high school requirement for CPR-AED training prior graduation. According to the American Heart Association, when bystanders provide CPR and use an AED to treat the victim before EMS arrives, survival rates increase to 38%. In other words, lay bystanders who take action by calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, and using the nearest AED can mean the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
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