At birth, our children get a pulse-ox exam to check the oxygen level in their blood. This can suggest a congenital heart defect. After that, we may listen to their heart with a stethoscope every year. That’s it for the organ that beats over 115,000 time per day. That’s it despite the facts that sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 cause of death of student athletes and adults in this country.
It is not enough. Heart screenings, when coupled with a good medical history and physical exam, are much more effective at detecting heart conditions than just questions and listening to the heart.
Our screenings are intended for students who have never received an EKG exam or been seen by a cardiologist. The screening is not a substitute for regular visits to your family doctor.
Past Heart Screenings
Pennsylvania: Abington, Central Bucks South, Central Bucks West, Cheltenham, Colonial (4), Downingtown West (3), Exeter (2), Friends Select, Garnet Valley, Germantown Academy, Harriton (2), Haverford School, Norristown, North Penn, Penn Charter, Perelman Jewish Day School, Philadelphia (5), Radnor (2), St. Joe’s Prep, Upper Dublin and Wissahickon.
National: Bedford Heights (OH), Cherokee (NJ), Cherry Hill East (NJ), Crispus Attucks (IN), Gwinnett County (GA), Highland Park (IL), Houston (TX), Mason (OH), Nashville (TN),Pitman (NJ), Rockville (MD), Tenafly (NJ), Voorhees (NJ).