Our 14-year-old son, Zack, participated in a voluntary cardiac screening program through Heartfelt that was offered this past fall for his football program at his high school. Much to our shock, the screening turned up a problem in our otherwise very healthy, active, athletic kid. Zack’s irregular EKG led us to a pediatric cardiologist who diagnosed Zack with something called Wolfe Parkinson White syndrome, which is basically an extra electrical pathway in the heart that can lead to rapid heartbeat and other issues. We learned that there was a procedure that can be done to eliminate, or at least damage, this second electrical pathway. Zack had this procedure done last week at CHOC and everything went well. We are so grateful to Heartfelt for providing the screening program and for getting the word out there amongst school-aged athletes and their families. We consider his poor screening result a gift and are grateful for this program that can actually prevent a horrible tragedy from occurring.
An active, high school tennis player, Ali and her family had never imagined that she might have a problem with her heart. She had corrective surgery and is back on the courts.
Rebecca ran cross-country, played JV basketball, and ran long distant track for Esperanza High School. In the summer after her freshman year, a girl’s sister on her cross-country team, Morgan, died suddenly on the tennis court from cardiac arrest. This event plus shortness of breath that Rebecca felt frequently when running longer distances in cross-country, (her doctor told her it was sports induced asthma and gave her an inhaler to use) troubled her often like something else might be wrong. That fall, Heartfelt Cardiac Screening was offered at her high school campus and Rebecca felt the urge to be checked. The screening was easy and didn’t take long. Rebecca was told they saw an abnormality from the screening and she should see a cardiologist for more testing. Rebecca was diagnosed with Hydrotropic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).
“We are so thankful we discovered this through Heartfelt Cardiac Screening. Rebecca’s life has changed… Her heart disease is managed now and she is being protected.”
– Dawn & Mark, Rebecca’s Parents
this cause and for the personal care and concern she had for Zack.”
Prior to the cardiac screening she received from Heartfelt, Cheyne had no signs or symptoms, so you can imagine our shock when the surgeon explained that she was born with an atrial septal defect (ASD) or a “hole in the heart” about the size of a dime… Unfortunately, due to the size and location of the hole, Cheyne was not a candidate for a less evasive procedure, she would have to have open-heart surgery. The surgery went just as planned. Cheyne spent five days in the intensive care unit at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, CA. Soon, after taking about two weeks to rest, Cheyne was back working out with her soccer team the week before school started. Though it was about 6 months before she felt fully recovered, Cheyne is now back and better than ever. Thankfully we will never really understand how lucky we are.
“Heartfelt saved our daughter’s life.”
– Dave & Tania, Cheyne’s Parents
Dillon participates in Junior Guards, Advanced Hip Hop, competitive tennis and snowboarding. Her fit body kept a hidden secret. When she was born, Dillon had an extra electrical circuit in her heart which is a condition called WPW or Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome. She experienced no symptoms such as an irregular or racing heartbeat that would have prompted us to see a doctor. Dillon had annual physicals for her immunization shots but it wasn’t until we took advantage of the high school Booster fundraiser physical that any heart testing was offered. The Heartfelt Cardiac Projects was offering heart screenings for a charitable donation and we took advantage of the opportunity to check off that box with their EKG and Echocardiogram tests. Was I surprised when the results came back indicating that Dillon’s results were out of the normal range with a Delta Wave on the EKG. I gasped when I google’d Delta Wave on an EKG, then began the process of figuring out what we needed to do. READ MORE
Holly, we cannot thank you enough for making this happen at St Margaret’s. Ryan was diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome in late August as a result of the EKG testing that was offered through the Heartfelt screening done at St Margaret’s, which we are extremely grateful was offered to all athletes. In basic terms, WPW is an extra conduction pathway between the atria and ventricles in the heart. While the majority of individuals with this additional pathway remain symptom-free throughout their entire lives, there is a risk of sudden death associated with the syndrome. Based on the initial EKG reading from your screening, we had months of discussions and evaluations with cardiologists, cardiac electro-physiologists and other experts, coupled with lots of EKG’s and a very heavy stress test – think of the Russian in the Rocky movie. READ MORE
Kellan loves soccer and football. Thanks to early detection, he can still enjoy the things he loves.
After tragically losing her son, Austin, to sudden cardiac death in 2015, a screening revealed in Gina the same cardiomyopathy that had taken her son’s life. Gina had a successful surgery, and now, an implanted device stands ready to rescue her should her heart stop.
Prompted by the tragic loss of a young boy in her football club, Jadyn and her parents decided to get her heart screened. She had surgery and is back playing soccer.
A Heartfelt screening alerted Matthew’s family to his life-threatening heart condition. He had a successful surgery and is now safeguarded.