Athlete Heart Shield, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and screening for the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children and student athletes, has partnered with Radnor Family Practice in Wayne, PA. This partnership will establish the areas first full-time screening center for young athletes. At Radnor Family Practice, students and families can conveniently schedule for a heart screening, and receive the specialized care formerly not available.
Well, our suspicions are now officially and finally confirmed. We lost another local athlete to a heart condition that is easily detected by doing a proper sports physical that includes a heart screening component. All this means is doing an EKG or electrocardiogram. This quick and painless test takes at most 5 minutes and costs about $25. Ryan had an undetected hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, this is the number 1 cause of sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes and most prevalent in adolescent black males. A simple heart screening would have flagged Ryan and seeing a specialist they would have found his heart condition and saved his life.
At Athlete Heart Shield, we knew Ryan had died of sudden cardiac arrest because his heart stopped beating. So many times the medical examiner can’t find a specific condition and declares unknown reason or natural causes. This is clearly misleading to the public and medical community. We need to make things simple. IF THE HEART STOPS BEATING IT IS SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST from an unknown heart condition whether an examiner can find it or not. In Ryan’s case we thank the medical examiner for the difficult work of identifying the condition and being very clear in the determination.
Athlete Heart Shield has designed our first printed shirts with Ryan’s football number 30 on the back in honor of this promising young man, and as a very clear reminder of exactly why we will not stop until ALL student athletes are properly cleared to play sports.
This is why heart screening should be a part of sports physicals and mandatory for all student athletes. Initial autopsy reports indicate no known cause of death, or natural causes. Being very clear, this means it was sudden cardiac arrest almost certainly from an electrical abnormality of the heart rhythm. These electrical abnormalities can be easily detected with an EKG. An EKG is not part of a standard sports physical for participation in high school or college sports. Organizations around the country are working very hard to change this. We urge all parents to not accept the current sports physical standard and seek appropriate heart screening for their children.
For more information visit Athlete Heart Shield online.
Athlete Heart Shield, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and screening for the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children and student athletes, has partnered with Radnor Family Practice. This partnership will establish the area’s first full-time screening center for young athletes. At Radnor Family Practice, students and families can conveniently schedule for a heart screening, and receive the specialized care formerly not available. Click here to visit Athlete Heart Shield for more information.