Cardiac Screening Program Registration
The In A Heartbeat Cardiac Screening Program is designed to help prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest by helping detect potential heart disease in children, teens, & young adults. Each week, sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 60 young adults in the United States. In A Heartbeat has been a leader in the community to address this problem in the state of Connecticut. Because of our generous donors and sponsors, we have been able to offer this screening to your child for FREE. Please consider supporting this program so we can continue to offer this to children, teens, & young adults in our area.
For more information about In A Heartbeat and the programs we offer, please visit our website at www.inaheartbeat.org.
We are pleased to bring the In A Heartbeat Cardiac Screening Program to your child's community. Anyone whose parents authorize them to be tested can be screened. Please be aware that repeat ECG testing is recommended every two years.
In A Heartbeat will provide this free heart screening called an electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify children, teens, & young adults at risk for sudden cardiac death and to increase the public's awareness of this issue.
A simple ECG, when used to screen young adults can detect certain serious heart conditions. Recording the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes attached to the skin with a mild adhesive, can detect approximately 60% of the abnormalities or “markers” from these heart conditions that are associated with sudden cardiac death that a stethoscope cannot. ECG screenings result in less than 2% of the tests being falsely positive. This may require additional evaluation and testing by your physician. We believe that the benefit of this potentially lifesaving screening outweighs this concern.
We encourage you to discuss this screening with your child. Your child’s participation in the screening is your decision. We want to assure you that participants’ confidentiality, privacy and individual modesty will be respected throughout all aspects of the program. Only female technicians will test girls and they will be screened in an area separate from boys.