- Help the Poor and Needy.
Doctors with all kinds of specialties (surgeons, podiatrists, general
practitioners) can give free services at clinics for the poor and needy.
- Provide EKG screenings for free
to high school athletes. EKG machines could be donated, and medical
volunteers recruited, to help identify students with life-threatening
The leading cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in teenagers
is HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) which is 100% detectable. This
heart muscle disorder affects l in 500 persons of all ages, from high
school to professional athletes; but it usually manifests itself before
age 20. Fifteen high school athletes die each year due to heart-related
problems. (National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research)
“The American Heart Association regards cardiovascular screening for
athletes as an important public health issue...However, we do not
currently feel that current scientific evidence supports the universal
use of tests such as 12-lead EKGs (electrocardiograms) or
echocardiography in the context of mass screening of children involved
in athletic activities.” (Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, President, American Heart
- Recommend that an automated external defibrillator (AED) be available at all high school sporting events and practices.