The Answers You Need
WHY SCREEN YOUNG, APPARENTLY HEALTHY STUDENT ATHLETES?
Even if a student is apparently health, underlying abnormalities may be present and unknown due to the fact that they have never had an an ECG at any time in their life.
WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE SCREENING?
The cost for the screening is $20.00 for an individual student. Families with multiple students will be charged $35.00 as a flat rate.
WHAT IS THE SCREENING PROCESS?
Athletes will fill out a brief questionnaire and an ECG will be completed by a trained professional or college student in the field. This process will take approximately 10 minutes and will take place behind a privacy screen. Males will be screened by other males and females will be screened by females. Boys will typically remove their shirt, while females can continue to wear a bra or sports bra for increased privacy.
WHAT IS AN ECG?
An ECG can show the rate the heart is beating, whether the rhythm is regular or irregular, and the strength and timing of electrical impulses passing through each part of the heart.
WHAT IF THE ECG INDICATES AN ABNORMALITY?
If your student has an abnormality on their ECG, Michigan Heart Check will confirm the abnormality with a second check of the results and notify the parents/guardian of the student as soon as possible. We will request that they contact their family physician and share the results with them for further guidance. If the school's team doctor is involved in the screening, they may be able to offer more guidance as well. Our goal is simply to provide a way for parents to know if their student is at risk for an cardiac abnormality and determine help provide as much information as possible .
IF THE ECG FINDINGS ARE WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS DOES THIS MEAN THAT MY CHILD DOES NOT HAVE ANY SIGNIFICANT ABNORMALITIES?
Abnormalities may appear on an ECG, but not be threatening to your student's health or conflict with participation in sports. Finding the abnormality can be helpful as it provides the information that the screening is intended to deliver.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD AN ECG BE REPEATED EVEN IF MY CHILD HAS A NORMAL ECG?
The recommendation for ECG screening in youth is that once and ECG is done, a follow up ECG should be performed every two years. As your student grows, this will provide the knowledge that their result has remained normal, changed or in some cases changed from abnormal to normal.