Identifying cardiac problems in young athletes can help save lives. We're taking the first step.
Ninety percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic
activities. Hidden heart conditions are often the cause. When preliminary testing to identify
potentially serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and
tragic deaths may be avoided.
By offering preliminary medical screenings, based on American Heart Association
recommendations, we help identify young athletes, who should be further evaluated. The
program also teaches students, parents, and coaches about warning signs, symptoms and ways
to help prevent sudden cardiac death in youth sports.
The program includes preliminary cardiac testing to young athletes ages 6 to 18 in all
The goals are simple: to raise awareness of the problem of sudden cardiac arrest and to help
identify players who may require further testing or intervention to help prevent it. All testing
and medical examinations are conducted by Children's Hospital of New Jersey cardiac and
sports medicine physicians.
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