Free Heart Screening for Teens
On July 23, 2022, Championship Hearts Foundation is conducting a free heart screening for Bastrop County teens ages 14-18. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bastrop High School. The Christian Harman Memorial Golf Tournament sponsors this free event. Named in memory of Christian Harman, a standout golfer at Bastrop High School, who died at age 19 from sudden cardiac arrest due to a hidden heart condition, this screening is to serve the teens of Bastrop
With approximately 1 in 250 students at risk for heart abnormalities, both athletes and non-athletes are encouraged to get their heart screened for possible genetic heart conditions. This includes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM): the leading cause of cardiac death in young people.
Parents are invited and encouraged to accompany their students during the test. Online pre-registration is required through champhearts.org. Additionally, students must have a signed parental waiver in order to receive the heart screening, which is available to print from the pre-registration website and will be available at the event. Adults and high school volunteers are needed, and can register at champhearts.org.
Look for check-in signs upon arrival at the screening location. At this time, all attendees (staff, volunteers, participants) are required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines inside the screening
area. Masks will be available.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other underlying heart conditions often do not impair physical activity. However, these conditions may allow for heart beat problems and result in Sudden Cardiac Death” said Dr. Arnold Fenrich, President of the non-profit, Championship Hearts Foundation. “Warning signs to be aware of include palpitations, dizziness or syncope, chest pain/chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Any of these signs/symptoms occurring during exercise warrant further evaluation.”
The Championship Hearts screening includes a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram (ECHO, or picture of the heart) to detect HCM, along with several other conditions predisposing to sudden cardiac death. Both the ECG and ECHO are noninvasive, painless and valued at over $700; these tests are not included in standard pre-participation sports physical examinations. The Championship Hearts screening model is recognized by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology as a quality initiative.
Volunteer cardiologists from Pediatric & Congenital Cardiology Associates, Ascension/Seton Heart & Vascular, and Texas Children’s Hospital, provide medical support and the complimentary use of facilities at Bastrop High School provide a convenient screening location.
The Miller family took advantage of a CHF Free Teen Heart Screening in 2021. “We’re incredibly grateful for the Championship Hearts Foundation and the service they provide,” Tom Miller says. “Normally, the screenings provide a check-the-box activity giving a person confidence regarding their health. In rare, abnormal cases, it can make a difference between life and death.”
For more information or to register for the screening, visit the Foundation’s website www.champhearts.org or phone (512) 900-3243 ext. 4 or (888) 884-6945.