College Cardiac Screening

 

Overview

The NCAA endorses and recommends EKG tests for college-level student athletes. Though an EKG is not a requirement for the preparticipation exam, the NCAA recognizes the value and added protection EKG testing gives to student athletes and their support staff.  Although all young adults can be equally at risk from hidden heart conditions, the stress athletes put on their heart can put those already at risk at greater risk. News reports of young athletes dying in the prime of their life attest to the need for more thorough screening to detect hidden cardiac conditions. Better yet, every heart condition has a treatment plan to avoid sudden cardiac death. 

 

What's Included?

College Cardiac Screening provided by the Max Schewitz Foundation can be completed on the college campus for student athletes with full reporting of outcomes to the student athlete, athletic director and team physician. Turnkey services choices include: EKG only, EKG and echo for select students, or EKG and echo for all students. Participating student athletes also complete a cardiac history. The EKG test takes just minutes per student to administer so most athletes and coaches can find a convenient window for screening that does not take the student athlete away from academics or athletics.

 

Why the Max Schewitz Foundation?

The Max Schewitz Foundation's medical director and supporting cardiologists have interpreted the 60,000 young adults collected through our program.  The CardeaScreen EKG machines are programmed with the latest version of the Seattle Criteria for interpreting EKGs of young athletic adults. This provides an optimum balance of catching potentially fatal heart conditions while minimizing false negatives and false positives. On site echo can quickly confirm or rule out findings indicated on the EKG, expediting a student athlete’s status for play. Student athletes receive their results at the time of screening. Copies of the student athlete EKGs will be provided to the athletic director.

 

Screening Cost

College Cardiac Screenings can be conducted on all or a portion of the student athletes at an average cost of $50 per student athlete. Cost variables include number of student athlete participants, services provided and travel expenses. Note: we neither bill nor report results to insurance carriers.