Championship Hearts’ free student heart screenings are open to all athletes, band members, spirit groups and students ages 14 – 18 in Texas. Our purpose is to prevent deaths from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, also known as HCM. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Rarely having any identifiable symptoms, HCM affects approximately 1 in 500 student athletes. Championship Hearts Foundation has conducted over 16,000 free student heart screenings since it’s beginning.
Championship Hearts Foundation believes the results of these heart screenings should be monitored in a registry entitled Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry™ (TAAHSR™). All data collected for TAAHSR™ will be de-identified to reduce the risk of loss of confidentiality and will be included only with participant’s permission. Data to be collected include: brief medical/family history; ethnicity, sex, sports of participation; height/weight, results of 2-D echo and EKG; and results of any potential follow up care. Such data will possible benefit others with abnormal heart conditions in the future.
Our AED (automated external defibrillator) awareness and education program aims to demonstrate to Texas students that AEDs are safe and easy to use. Most importantly, AEDs save lives. Since many people are too afraid to use AEDs, this program helps encourage people to use them by offering demonstrations and hands-on training.