ARE YOU AT RISK?
YOUTH HEARTS SCREENING
“In 2013, the American Heart Association (AHA) reported there are 9,500 cases of EMS-assessed Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest annually in youth” <18.
The most common cause of sudden death in our young people are congenital abnormalities of the heart and blood vessels that are present at birth, but that usually produce no symptoms. The most common heart abnormality that can cause Sudden Cardiac Death is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an enlarged heart and occurs in one out of every 500 people. Most heart defects can not be detected without the use of sophisticated medical equipment and expert medical personnel. Screening America has worked diligently to perfect a screening program that is designed to detect the most common causes of Sudden Cardiac Death in young people. By using our specialized medical equipment, and our expert medical staff, along with board certified cardiologist supervision and interpretation, we are able to identify most of the causes of Sudden Cardiac Death before they turn into a tragedy.
We have all heard of a professional athlete dying suddenly, usually because of an enlarged heart. In early March of 2011, if we listened to the CBS, NBC, ABC news, as well as their early morning programs, we would have heard of not one, not two, not three, but four untimely deaths of young people, high school age, that died suddenly within a period of about a week. These deaths were tragic…………..and preventable. These high school athletes died of an enlarged heart while playing basketball, playing rugby, and running track. Many of these deaths go unreported. Medical studies have shown that these deaths do not only occur in athletes, but they can happen to all young people, active or not. The technology is there to identify the causes of Sudden Cardiac Death in our young people. These terrible, tragic events need not occur. Our youth need to be screened, and we know what to look for. No screening program can detect every abnormality, but quality screening programs are effective, and necessary. They save lives.
Stroke Screenings use ultrasound to image the carotid arteries in the neck to look for plaque that may lead to a stroke. Our screening also looks for blockage in the blood vessels in the legs (PAD) that can restrict blood flow causing pain and discomfort. Advanced disease can lead to digit or limb amputations. Also included in our screening package is a screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). An AAA is the bulging of the wall of the main blood vessel in the abdomen. The wall of the blood vessel has become weak, and may rupture, almost always causing instant death. We recommend screenings for everyone that has one or more of the following risk factors:
- Over 40 years of age
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Irregular Heart Beat
- High Blood Pressure
- Smoking (past or current)
- Inactive Lifestyle
- Family History
Screenings are important for everyone. With the evolution of preventative medicine, quality medical screening programs are now available to everyone. Early detection of disease allows for early intervention and treatment. There is no longer a reason to wait for a tragic event to occur…….it may be prevented with a screening. Quality screening programs are proven to save lives, and are readily available at an affordable price.