UNSUSPECTED HEART CONDITIONS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO YOUNG ATHLETES. EARLY DETECTION THROUGH CARDIOVASCULAR TESTING IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST IN YOUR STUDENT ATHLETES.
Diagnosis empowers athletes and their athletic trainers, coaches, and parents to make important decisions to effectively manage their health, whether that means undergoing further evaluation or surgery to fix a defect, coming to terms with physical limitations, or being aware of a condition that may carry risk months, years, or even decades down the road.
Pre-participation physical evaluations are not enough to protect student athletes. Many kids do not know their family history or parents themselves may be unaware they have a condition they have passed down. In the majority of cases, there are no warning signs prior to a cardiac event. Symptoms are oftentimes unrecognizable to a student athlete or he/she may not report them out of fear of being pulled. Administering diagnostic tests is the best way to safeguard against tragedy.
Our comprehensive testing program includes cardiac testing—both EKGs and echocardiograms—to detect asymptomatic heart abnormalities that can lead to sudden cardiac death and vascular ultrasound to identify vascular conditions common to athletes, such as blood clots. All tests are non-invasive and involve no radiation exposure.
Electrocardiogram (EKG) – measures the electrical activity of the heart
Detects electrical abnormalities, such as Wolff-Parkinson-White, Long QT, and Brugada syndromes
Wimbledon Health Partners applies the Seattle criteria when reading EKGs to reduce false positive reporting to less than 5%
Echocardiogram (Echo) – uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart
Identifies functional and structural abnormalities that cannot be detected by an EKG, such as congenital coronary artery anomalies, heart valve abnormalities, holes in the heart muscle, weakened heart muscle, and abnormal pressures within the heart chambers and lungs
WHP’s echocardiography testing routinely confirms or refutes a diagnosis from an EKG
Vascular Ultrasound – uses imaging to see how blood moves through arteries and veins, evaluating for any blood flow abnormalities
Detects blood clots before they break free and travel to the lungs, which is called a pulmonary embolism, a potentially deadly condition
Assesses for abnormal flow dynamics in extremity and abdominal vessels to which athletes are prone