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Electrocardiogram Screenings (ECG)

Frisco ISD cares about your child’s heart health, so we are partnering with Who We Play For to screen students with an ECG (electrocardiogram). An ECG, also known as an EKG, can detect issues in the heart that can be missed in a standard physical. Please consider signing up your child for this very important screening.

A simple cardiac screening can help detect problems before they become major medical issues. While we recommend all active students get an ECG, you should definitely be screened if you:

  • compete in high impact sports that increases heart rate for long periods of time

  • have a family history indicating that there is a heart disease risk

  • get dizziness during athletics

  • experience fainting spells or weakness while participating

  • get shortness of breath that does not clear quickly

  • get chest pain while participating 

Fall 2017 Screening (AM times 7:30-10am, PM times 2:30-5pm)

  • December 4th: Independence HS (AM), Lone Star HS (PM)

  • December 5th: Wakeland HS (AM), Heritage HS (PM)

  • December 6th: Centennial HS (AM), Lebanon Trail (PM)

  • December 7th: Frisco HS (AM), Liberty HS (PM)

  • December 8th: Reedy HS (AM)

ECG Screening Consent Form

The human body changes during puberty both externally and internally in a variety of ways. One of these internal changes is the structure of the heart. In middle school, student athletes learn how to push their bodies to new levels as they mature and get bigger and stronger. Because of these physical changes and the increased stresses on a student athlete's heart, cardiac screening should be part of a physical at least once while in middle school and once in high school.

The simple cardiac screening can help detect health problems before they become major medical issues. While it’s recommended all student athletes get an ECG at least once in middle school and once in high school, individuals should definitely be screened if they:

  • compete in high impact sports that increases heart rate for long periods of time

  • have a family history indicating that there is a heart disease risk

  • get dizziness during athletics

  • experience fainting spells or weakness while participating

  • get shortness of breath that does not clear quickly

  • get chest pain while participating 

Cardiac screening can detect a variety of potentially catastrophic genetic diseases. The simplest level of testing is an ECG, which looks at the electrical signals of the heart. An ECG involves placing electrodes on the chest around the heart to record those signals. The test is easy, painless, non-invasive, and takes less than 5 minutes. It does not involve needles, blood work, radiation exposure or sedation.

On average 97% of all those screened have a normal ECG and are considered at low risk for cardiac issues. In less than 3%, results are inconclusive or suggest something that requires further testing. Most often an Echocardiogram (Echo) is recommended. The Echo is used to get a picture of the heart similar to an ultrasound to look at a baby during pregnancy. The Echo looks for valve and vein structure, muscle thickness, and proper operation of the heart. Most rarely, but most importantly, our statistics show that 1 in 1000 of those we screen will be flagged as high risk with a severe abnormality on their ECG..

Yes. The interpreted ECGs will be returned to the school within 3 business days with a designation of low risk, follow-up or high risk, as well as information about particular ECG findings, when applicable.

Every ECG is read by board-certified Cardiologists who are among the most experienced and qualified doctors in the country. Their experience means more accurate interpretations..

An abnormal ECG will be flagged for follow up, which means additional testing is needed to see what is causing that abnormality – think of it as a yellow caution light. It will include documentation on what the potential problem might be. Even if your child is flagged for a follow-up, he or she can continue participating in sports and other activities. You’ll just need to have your child visit a Cardiologist within 3 months for follow up.

If your child is flagged as high risk, it is like a red traffic light. He or she should not participate in sports or high-energy activities in any way (practice, games, scrimmages, etc.) until he or she has seen a specialist and received clearance or treatment. If you don’t have one already, we will offer the contact information of Cardiologists in your area.

It’s just $20 per student. A typical doctor’s appointment with ECG normally costs $100 and up, so Frisco ISD is happy to offer our families this important heart screening at a huge savings.

The annual physical exam asks family history questions, and requires a doctor to listen to the student’s heart with a stethoscope. Studies have shown that this is just 1% effective in catching heart issues. An ECG can detect up to 95% of the conditions that cause SCA.

Cardiac screening should be part of a physical at least once while in middle school and once in high school. If your child is considered low risk then those are the only two times recommended to get an ECG before adulthood.

No, arrangements are made for privacy. Boys will remove their shirts. Girls should wear a regular bra, which will not need to be removed.

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