In most states, children get their hearing screened and eyes checked in elementary school. When they reach middle school, they may be screened for scoliosis. Surprisingly, they never get their hearts checked. Surprising! Isn’t the heart the most important organ in the body.
We believe that screening our children’s hearts should be a standard of care because sudden cardiac arrest kills thousands of children every year. It is the #1 cause of death of student athletes.
Based on data collected from many of these organizations, approximately one out of every 100 students that attends a heart screening will discover a heart condition. In Italy, all children get their hearts checked. That country reduced the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest by 89%. What are we waiting for?