The Olentangy Local School District is offering cardiac screenings to high school athletes in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths from undetected heart disorders.
Olentangy schools participated in a pilot program with a cardiac screening company last spring and received such positive feedback from parents, that the district has opened screenings up to all student athletes as part of the required routine physical.
The screenings are optional and cost about $70.
Mother Sherri Fletcher said that she was excited about the new program, called M-Core – Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation.
Fletcher lost her 15-year-old son, Bradley , to an undetected heart problem.
Lynette Ryan’s 5-year-old son Teague also died of a cardiac abnormality that hadn’t been detected.
“He went from running, playing, laughing, not even a cough, not even whining to boom, full-fledged arrest,” Ryan said.
An autopsy revealed that Teague had an inflammation of the heart muscle, known as myocarditis.
Officials from the company behind M-Core travel to schools to screen athletes.
Technicians perform both ekgs and eco-cardiograms or ultrasounds, which look at the structural portions of the heart.
About 400 student athletes have gone through the testing at the Olentangy district, and some abnormalities have been detected.
The company behind the program is working to bring the screenings to other central Ohio school districts and universities.
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