Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 8:30am
TUCSON, Ariz. – In partnership with the Andra Heart Project, UA pediatric cardiologists will conduct free follow-up echocardiograms and ECGs for students from Flowing Wells Junior High School on Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
As part of an effort to determine the best way to screen children to prevent sudden cardiac death, the students will meet in Diamond Children’s lobby; the screenings will take place on Diamond Children’s sixth floor (D6W). Approximately 40 students from the 450 screened have been referred for the follow-up echo screening provided by Diamond Children’s.
On Aug. 10-11, free ECGs were offered to Flowing Wells Junior High School students as part of the Andra Heart Project to detect and treat cardiac disease in teens. Members from the Northwest Fire Department performed the ECG screenings on about 450 parent-consented students. The ECG readings then were interpreted by Scott Klewer, MD, UA professor of pediatrics, and Santiago Valdés, MD, UA assistant professor of pediatrics. Students needing a follow-up echocardiogram then were contacted. Drs. Klewer and Valdés also will conduct the free tests.
The Andra Heart Project was created in honor of Andra Dalrymple who died of sudden cardiac death after a soccer practice in October 2010. The project is supported by the Dalrymple family and friends, Diamond Children’s, University Physicians Healthcare pediatric cardiology, Diagnostic Cardiology, Flowing Wells Unified School District and Northwest Fire District.
“We have not yet created the perfect screening test to evaluate children for sudden cardiac death,” says Dr. Valdés. “Pilot projects like Andra’s Heart Project help us learn the best way to screen children and try to prevent episodes of sudden cardiac death.”
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