Our medical volunteers screened 187
students. The national average is 1 in
100 have a cause for concern. We had
5 in 200, double the average. The most
significant was BHS High student
Joe Till. As reported in the News
Journal, Joe was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.
Only 2 weeks after the screening,
Joe underwent a 9 hour procedure at
Nemours. See News/Media for details.
Four other children had issues that re-
quired a higher level of evaluation.
Each student should be screened once
in Middle and once in High School.
SCA Symptoms, Warning Signs and the Screening
UNEXPLAINED SHORTNESS OF BREATH - It’s natural to lose your breath during exercise. However, if you are experiencing shortness of breath during normal activity or your breath loss is severe during exercise!
CHEST PAINS - YES. That’s a warning sign!
EXTREME FATIGUE - Of course you’ll get tired when you are playing sports, but if you have less energy than everyone else, check it out!
UNUSUALLY RAPID HEART BEAT- If your heart is racing or it feels like it is going to jump out of your chest, your body is telling you something may be wrong.
DIZZINESS- Sometimes being dizzy means that you got up too fast. If you get dizzy a lot, check it out!
UNEXPLAINED DEATH OF FAMILY MEMBER - If a family member dies suddenly OR a family member dies of cardiac arrest before the age of 50, check it out!
WHAT IS AN EKG SCREENING?
The Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a simple, PAINLESS, NON-INVASIVE 5 minute test that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart.
With each heartbeat, the heart's natural pacemaker sends an electrical impulse that travels along a nerve pathway and stimulates the heart muscles to contract, pumping blood through the heart's chambers and into the blood vessels. When the heart muscles relax, the heart fills with blood and the process starts again. The EKG records this activity on graph paper via wires that are connected to 12 electrode patches. Screenings are done in private booths.