Riverview Health Heart & Vascular offers athletic cardiac screenings to help to identify potential risks and cardiac-related abnormalities in student-athletes.
The screening consists of two tests—a noninvasive, resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) and an echocardiogram. Together, these scans examine the health of the heart and check for both hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and prolonged QT, both of which are the most common causes for sudden cardiac death in adolescents.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, which can restrict blood flow. Prolonged QT syndrome is an irregularity in the heart’s electrical system that causes erratic heartbeats. Both conditions can be aggravated by vigorous physical activity, putting young athletes at risk.
Screenings are performed on students between the ages of 12 and 18. Students under 18 must either have a parent present at the test, or a parental consent form. The two tests take a total of 20 minutes to complete.
Tests take place at the Riverview Health main hospital campus:
395 Westfield Road
Noblesville, IN 46060