After 7 years of planning under the umbrella of One Beat CPR, we are proud to announce the inaugural heart screening event of our independent non-profit organization, One Beat Foundation.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) does not discriminate. No matter the age, gender, or race, cardiovascular disease is among the leading causes of death in children and adolescents in the United States. The true prevalence of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in youth is unknown because of the lack of systemic reporting.
Early detection is crucial
Youth are not adequately screened for heart conditions. Oftentimes, the warning signs and symptoms of a heart condition in youth go undetected or are misdiagnosed. Most youth who suffer SCA have an undetected heart condition. A thorough family history and physical examination that includes an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) as a baseline test can help detect approximately 60% of the heart conditions that can lead to SCA. Approximately 2% of youth that are heart-screened are diagnosed with a heart abnormality or concern; 1% are diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW) or Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD).
Be aware of these signs and symptoms. If any exist, they should be reported to the youth’s physician immediately. Medical professionals must be more acutely aware of the warning signs & symptoms of a heart condition, carefully evaluated and assess patients, and, when symptomatic, immediately refer youth to a cardiologist for further evaluation.
If a child is diagnosed with a heart condition, there are many precautionary steps that can be taken to prevent the likely outcome of SCA including lifestyle modifications, medication, surgical treatments, and implanting a pacemaker and/or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Being Prepared Can Save a Life
Most occurrences of SCA in youth occur in public places. The increased availability of publicly accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and school-sponsored athletic events will dramatically increase the probability that youth will survive SCA. Knowing and properly executing the Cardiac Chain-of-Survival can help save a life.
For more information or to register for a free heart screening on Saturday, June 25th, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-321-5305.