2015 Concludes and Foundation Reaches Over 56,000 Students
We recently concluded our Screens for Teens program for the 2015 school year. The school-wide EKG screening program has now provided over 56,000 EKGs to area students and given 1,000 students limited echocardiograms since starting the Foundation after Max’s sudden death in 2005. The Foundation has found more than 1,300 students who required further medical evaluation.
“It’s amazing to see how far the Foundation has come in 10 years,” said Mary Beth Schewitz, executive director of The Max Schewitz Foundation. “We have grown so much, but there are still many communities that we have not reached. The number and seriousness of heart conditions uncovered by our screening validates the need for our work.”
While the Foundation does not follow the students after referral, parents often contact the nonprofit to share outcomes and from them we can report:
· Two had open-heart surgery to correct defects often found on autopsy
· Several have confirmed cases of HCM, the condition that claims most athlete’s lives
· 1 in 1,000 or about 50 have WPW—a potentially life-threatening condition detected by EKG which can be cured with an outpatient procedure.
· Dozens have Long QT, another potentially life-threatening condition that can vary in intensity and treatment.
Screens for Teens, the Foundation’s school-wide EKG screening program is administered by trained parent volunteers and the EKGs are interpreted by cardiologist Eli Lavie, MD, Medical Director of the Max Schewitz Foundation.
The Foundation is working with local schools now to schedule upcoming screenings. For a complete listing of upcoming events and testing dates, visit: http://heartsmartekg.org/.
PS - There is still time to make an end of the year tax deductible donation to fund our mission! We appreciate your support and look forward to screening even more students in 2016! Happy New Year!