Orange County Schools Extend Programme For Lifesaving Heart Exams

Florida’s ORANGE COUNTY — Many youngsters are having heart exams as they prepare to return to school.
In Orange County, high school athletes are obliged to undergo heart exams. This year, the programme is being expanded by the school system to include additional kids. This test, according to a local student-athlete, saved her life. Student-athlete at Harmony High School Ashlyn Scarborough noted, “It was just at a high school cardiac check.” “I didn’t give it much thought. I had assumed there would be no problems.

Scarborough was found to have Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which she said is related to extra electrical pathways in your heart, while appearing to be in great health. This ailment might have killed her. All high school kids who participate in a sport are required to undergo screening by Orange County Public Schools due to hidden heart abnormalities like the one Scarborough has. Prior to the start of the new school year, the school system will collaborate with two groups to provide hundreds of free ECGs and physical exams.

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Evan Ernst, executive director of Who We Play For, said: “Not many people recognise that sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, in all sports, in all schools. In honour of his teammate, Ernst founded the charity organisation. Since we witnessed a teammate pass away on a soccer field in Central Florida with a discernible cardiac issue, we’ve been working on this for more than ten years, Ernst said.

According to Ernst, a quick heart test can save lives. In one year, Orange County identified 50 kids with potentially fatal heart problems. This year, Junior ROTC and band participants must participate as well, under OCPS. Scarborough is now in good condition, is back playing soccer, and contributes to the initiative that saved her life.

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