Q: What kills the most high school athletes?
A: It’s a common heart defect that is manageable once identified
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), is a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It is believed to exist in roughly 1 in 500 individuals, and approximately on case of sudden cardiac death occurs every three days in organized you sports across the United States. This is twice as many that die in car accidents.
During the procedure, a quick screen of the heart is performed using ultrasound images. These images can create a picture of your heart, which then can be measured to find any abnormalities. If found, HCM is manageable, but there are rarely any symptoms that signal there is a problem. The most effective way to make sure your student is safe is to have a heart screen performed.
Protect your athlete by scheduling a 15 minute student athlete heart scan today!
Insurance is reticent to pay for most screenings even though they do save lives. In Italy screening for this disease has reduced sudden heart attacks in athletes by up to 90% . A fifteen minute screen could save your child’s life at their next sports physical.
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