On July 17th and 19th, medical professionals from Jump Start Your Heart and Baton Rouge EMS were at Central High to perform echocardiograms, or EKGs, on CHS athletes. An Echocardiogram is a test of the heart that normally costs $700, but was made available for a $20 registration fee at Central High.
Jump Start Your Heart is a non-profit organization whose goal is to screen young athletes for potentially life threatening cardiovascular conditions, including Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy, or HCM, which is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It is a disease of the heart muscle that goes undetected in a normal physical exam.
Thanks goes out to coordinator Allison Porche, Coach Bryan Hutson, and the entire CHS Athletic Department and School Administration for helping make this possible.