Wimbledon Health Partners’ Findings Make a Sure Fire Case for Echocardiography Testing for Young Athletes

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Every student with a serious cardiac abnormality identified in an echocardiogram had a normal EKG, and all possible abnormalities indicated on EKGs were confirmed false positives from corresponding echoes.

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Month over month we continue to see a significantly higher proportion of abnormalities identified through our echocardiograms versus EKGs.

Wimbledon Health Partners, the industry leader in on-site diagnostic testing for athletic programs and physicians, reports that 100% of the cardiac abnormalities identified through the company’s recent echocardiography testing yielded normal EKGs lacking any evidence of disease. Conversely, all possible cardiomyopathies identified in students from EKGs were confirmed false positives from corresponding echocardiograms, eliminating the need to pull those students from sports. The company’s EKG testing also identified students with electrical abnormalities that require treatment.

“Month over month we continue to see a significantly higher proportion of abnormalities identified through our echocardiograms versus EKGs. This is important because any school only performing EKGs on their student body would not pick up the serious abnormalities we are finding in our echoes,” states Bradley J. Artel, MD, FACC, FASE, Chief Medical Officer at Wimbledon Health Partners.

Wimbledon Health Partners applies the Seattle criteria when interpreting student athlete EKGs, resulting in a very low false-positive rate.

“Schools need not worry about the psychological effects on their students due to false-positives because our echocardiography testing can confirm or refute a diagnosis,” says Dr. Artel. “Schools should be concerned about the abnormalities being missed in students by only performing EKGs, or by not testing them at all.”

About Wimbledon Health Partners:

Wimbledon Health Partners formed in 2013 to meet the need for on-site diagnostic testing at physicians’ offices. The industry leader, Wimbledon Health Partners provides physicians with state-of-the-art, in-office testing to detect circulatory conditions and cardiac abnormalities using vascular ultrasound and echocardiography.

About Wimbledon Athletics:

Wimbledon Athletics, the newest division of Wimbledon Health Partners, is pioneering the way for high schools, colleges, universities, and sports facilities to test students for vascular conditions and for unsuspected cardiac abnormalities to help minimize sudden cardiac death among young athletes.

For more information on how your office or school can partner with Wimbledon Health Partners, visit http://www.WimbledonHealthPartners.com or call us at (855) 200-8262.

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