UNSUSPECTED HEART CONDITIONS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO YOUNG ATHLETES. EARLY DETECTION THROUGH DIAGNOSTIC TESTING IS THE BEST PREVENTION FROM SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST.
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 pose serious consequences in the immediate future or later in life.
Pre-participation physical evaluations are not enough to protect student athletes. Many kids may not know their family history or may not want to report symptoms such as shortness of breath for fear of being pulled. Administering diagnostic tests is the best way to safeguard against tragedy.
Our comprehensive testing program includes EKG, echocardiogram, and vascular ultrasound to identify dangerous vascular conditions such as blood clots and asymptomatic cardiac abnormalities that can lead to sudden cardiac death. 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
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