|Why kids need an ECG|
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one killer of student athletes in the U.S. More than half of the children who die never show symptoms. An ECG is a simple, effective tool to help detect heart problems that cause SCA.
NEW Screening Policy in Texas as of Aug 1, 2013
The University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body in Texas for athletics and competition, now requires every student athlete to sign a Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness form detailing the need for cardiac screening and risks associated with participating in sports.
We support the UIL and their efforts, and are proud of Dr. Thomas DeBauche, Cypress ECG Project Medical Director, for serving on the ad-hoc Medical Advisory Board Subcommittee that recommended the new policy.
ECGs are Effective
The standard school physical just isn't enough to find problems in a student's heart. More athletes die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest than any other cause, and more than 50% of those who die show no symptoms and no history of heart problems. A recent Harvard study found the standard physical to be only 1% effective, but adding a simple electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) catches up to 89% of heart issues.
Wouldn't you rather know for sure?
ECGs are Simple
Cypress ECG Project can bring our equipment and trained staff to your school. Each ECG test is completely painless and easy to conduct - it only takes about five minutes per person. ECGs are interpreted by our staff Cardiologists who have had specific training in reading student athlete ECGs - more than 25,000 in the last nine years. And we get the results back within 2 business days.
ECGs are Affordable
Cypress ECG has a variety of flexible plans to make ECG testing affordable for any budget, starting at just $15. That's a lot better than going to the doctor's office, where an ECG and visit can cost around $150. Plus you only need an ECG once in middle school and once in high school.
|Cypress ECG is expanding|
We would like to welcome two new employees. Ashley Long decided to expand her family and have a child. To take over the job that she has been doing in North Texas we have hired two new employees. Debbie Goyne will focus on East Texas and our new venture into Louisiana. Correll Seidel will focus on North and West Texas. Both come with significant experience and unique characteristics that will help us screen and protect more students in Texas and Louisiana.
"I just wanted to tell you what an awesome thing you are doing to help prevent any more senseless deaths. We have a teenage son that had an undetected heart defect that was found during a routine physical for 7th grade football. I am a true believer that these simple tests can detect a problem, where people like us were totally unaware of. Our son had always been a healthy child and was very active. Blessings to you and your team for offering this!! Since our journey, many of our friends have had EKGs and peace of mind is an awesome thing to have!! God Bless!!"
-from a parent in Elysian Fields, TX
Does your school offer an ECG screening program?
If not, consider getting involved. Talk to the coaches and the Athletic Director to let them know that this is a valued service that should be offered. Talk to the Booster Club about sponsoring a screening date, or even funding it.
If your school does offer screening, be sure to opt IN and have your child participate.
Call or email today for more information about bringing cardiac screening to your school or club.