Research

Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry ™

Championship Hearts Foundation offers free heart screenings for students (ages 14-18) in an effort to help prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) as a part of our commitment to serving the preventive health needs of our community. Many abnormalities of the heart can potentially cause SCD. HCM is probably the most common cause and may often be detected by echocardiogram (2-D echo) and/or electrocardiogram (EKG). Other significant heart abnormalities that may cause SCD may also be detected using 2-D echo and EKG. However, screening does not always detect an abnormality even when it is actually present and not all potentially fatal heart abnormalities can be detected by this screening.

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 your 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 possibly benefits others with abnormal heart conditions in the future. Initial analysis of early data collected by Championship Hearts has resulted in the following scientific journal publications. Click below for links to the original abstracts.

Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry (TAAHSR): a statewide screening study. Circulation 2012; (Suppl 1).

Community screening for sudden cardiac death-referral results from the Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry (TAAHSR). Circulation 2012; (Suppl).

Electrocardiographic data from screening a large cohort of multiethnic high school athletes: The Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry. Circulation 2012; (Suppl).

Left ventricular dimensions derived by echocardiography correlate with body mass index in a large population of multiethnic athletes screened in the Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry (TAAHSR). J Am Coll Cardiology 2012; (Suppl).

Left ventricular thickness and electrocardiographic voltage criteria in a multi-ethnic population of young athletes: results from the Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry. J Am Coll Cardiology 2013; 61(suppl A), A398 (Abstract).

ECG voltage criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy differ by gender and race and ethnicity: Results from the Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry. J Am Coll Cardiology 2013; 61(suppl A), A402 (Abstract).

Echocardiographic left ventricular measures using the area-length method: Normative data by gender and race/ethnicity from the Texas Adolescent Athlete Heart Screening Registry (TAAHSR). AHA poster presentation 2013