Youth Heart Screenings may reveal undetected heart abnormalities that could put teens at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The screening includes a health history form completed by parent/guardian an electrocardiograms (EKG) and if warranted an echocardiogram. The EKG reads the heartbeat and the echo captures an image of the heart. The process is completely painless and non-invasive (no needles or x-ray exposure). Baseline youth heart screening can help detect approximately 60% of the heart conditions that can lead to SCA. The tests take less than 20 minutes. Thousands of young people die each year. These kids may have been saved with heart screening. The first step in prevention is detection.
Prevention in the form of detection with youth heart screening is life-saving. Darius´ undetected heart condition put him at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and it could have easily been found through screening. Preventing one death through screening!
Through analysis of more than 10 years of health care information, AMR CoCo County continues to evolve and serve the needs of the communities and patients it serves.
Established partnerships with the County's HeartSafe Community initiative; Contra Costa Health Services; AMR; Annuvia Inc.; school district representatives; and others to fight cardiac arrest deaths is essential in saving lives.
The Darius Jones Foundation hopes to achieve the broadest possible coverage of sudden cardiac arrest awareness, CPR training, and AED accessibility and prevention through detection with youth heart screening.