Who is at Risk?
The SafeBeat Initiative offers heart screening programs to a variety of populations.
Youth (6 - 25)
Young people want to grow and learn and play without care or limitation, and you want to do everything you can to nurture and protect them based on what you know. The facts speak for themselves. More than 5,000 active and apparently healthy young Americans die every year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Young athletes (ages 6-18) and college athletes (ages 19-25) suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at a rate thought to be two to three times greater than their less-active peers.
SafeBeat encourages parents and caregivers to have their children screened with an electrocardiogram (ECG) at age 6 as a baseline, and then every two years after the onset of puberty.
Young Athletes (6 - 18)
You know that sports can bring out the best in your child, fostering discipline and teamwork in pursuit of excellence, but there may be something you do not know. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is believed to be two to three times more likely in your young athlete or college athlete than in their less-active peers. Exercise, usually a healthy choice, can push an already compromised heart over the edge. The United States Congress prioritizes heart screenings for children "who participate in, or intend to participate in, organized sports" as part of the Teague Ryan Act.
Parents, coaches, and caregivers are encouraged to have your young athletes screened with an electrocardiogram (ECG) as soon as they begin competitive activities, and then every two years after up to age 35.
A heart screening could be the best way to equip your children for sports.
College Athletes (19 - 25)
You are living your dream, feeling and looking great as you compete with some of the best athletes in the world, yet there is something important you should know. College athletes are believed to be two to three times more likely to suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) than their less-active peers. Exercise can push an already compromised heart over the edge.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports ECG screenings in the Lausanne Recommendations, and heart screenings are now required for all players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the World Cup™ Soccer organization FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).
Some colleges now require that their athletes undergo heart screenings as part of their pre-participation requirements.
Getting your heart screened means knowing you have done everything possible to protect yourself from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.