Teen Heart Screenings
This program provides advanced heart screenings for teen athletes in Clark County, sponsored by PeaceHealth Southwest and the Quinn Driscoll Foundation.
The Quinn Driscoll Foundation is named for 13-year-old Quinn Driscoll, a student athlete at Wy’ East Middle School who died in 2009 after suffering cardiac arrest while running on the track during gym class.
Quinn had undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It is believed to exist in roughly 1 out of 500 individuals, and approximately one case of sudden cardiac death occurs every three days in organized youth sports across the United States.
"Young Champions" heart screenings can detect HCM using an Echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, in addition to a comprehensive EKG.
Who is eligible?
Any Clark County middle or high school athlete, band member or cheerleader from 12 – 18 years old is eligible for a “Young Champions” screening. Although designed for the student athlete, this screening also accommodates all children in the age group who may be at risk. This screening does not take the place of the pre-performance examination requirement for all student athletes who wish to participate in a school sport.
What is included in the screening?
- Review of child’s personal and family health history
- Blood pressure
- ECG/EKG (electrocardiogram)
- Echocardiogram (if indicated)