Doctors

What You Can Do
  • 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 conditions. 
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) 

Be Advised.  “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 Assn. 2010-11)  
  • Recommend that an automated external defibrillator (AED) be available at all high school sporting events and practices.  
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Heart Screens for Teens

(770) 813-8323, 1-800-472-4220   
http://heartscreensforteens.com/