Young Champions Program Screens 500 Young Adults in Vancouver, WA for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Causes

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With the February Young Champions screening event, the Vancouver, WA community has now tested 500 of its estimated 50,000 population of young adults under the age of 18 for heart issues that may lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The Young Champions is a program providing advanced heart screenings for student athletes in Clark County, sponsored by Southwest Washington Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Center and the Quinn Driscoll Foundation. The goal of this program is to conduct comprehensive cardiac assessments for young adults, athletes and otherwise, who might be at risk for SCA. Screenings are provided for a nominal donation to the Quinn Driscoll Foundation.

With the February Young Champions screening event, the Vancouver, WA community has now tested 500 of its estimated 50,000 population of young adults under the age of 18 for heart issues that may lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The Young Champions is a program providing advanced heart screenings for student athletes in Clark County, sponsored by Southwest Washington Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Center and the Quinn Driscoll Foundation. The goal of this program is to conduct comprehensive cardiac assessments for young adults, athletes and otherwise, who might be at risk for SCA. Screenings are provided for a nominal donation to the Quinn Driscoll Foundation.

The assessment included the following:
Review of child's personal and family health history
Blood pressure
ECG/EKG (electrocardiogram)
Echocardiogram

The single most common cause of sudden death in competitive athletes is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a disease that thickens the heart muscle without any obvious cause. It was the cause of death of the foundation's namesake, Quinn Driscoll, and other recent community losses. "We are happy to work with The Quinn Driscoll Foundation and offer this free testing for the youngest members of our community. We see tremendous value in being a part of this initiative that helps everyone be more proactive and build awareness of heart health in individuals of all ages", said Dr. David Boston, cardiologist at Southwest's Heart & Vascular Center.

In the short months since March 2010, when the Quinn Driscoll Foundation has gained its official status as 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit, the organization has helped organize two screening events, which have touched over 500 children ages 12 to 18 and have identified potential problems and medical follow-ups in at least 15 young adults. "Our mission at the Quinn Driscoll Foundation is to protect our greatest assets, our children. Through the Young Champions Heart Screening events our goal is to identify those children who have potentially life threatening cardiac health related issues and refer them to their primary care physician for follow up. If we save just one child, we've completed our mission."

Upcoming screening events will be advertised on the Quinn Driscoll Foundation website, local press, and in Southwest Washington Medical Center communications. The next screening will take place in August 2011, further information will be available shortly. In addition, heart screenings can also be scheduled at any time through the Southwest Washington Medical Center. Parents are invited to call the Heart and Vascular unit and schedule their child for a Young Champions Screening for a greatly reduced fee of $49.00

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