Cardiac Screening Opportunities for Overlake Students

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Overlake is partnering with the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology to bring baseline Electrocardiogram (ECG) cardiac testing to Overlake students this school year. The testing is beginning with the US fall athletes on August 16th with additional days later this fall for other students. 

Online sign up for US athletes can be found here.

ECG is a simple test that observes heart rhythm and can screen for potentially fatal abnormalities, which could lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

The student and parent/guardian will answer a heart history questionnaire and complete a baseline 12 lead ECG. This is a non-invasive test and is performed, in private screened areas by gender, by trained personnel. Data from the screening is sent via HIPPA secure technology and connections to the UW for interpretation by board certified physicians specializing in sports medicine and sport cardiology.

Cost for ECG screening is $25 (Typically $50+ in clinic) and will be billed to student accounts. The cost covers the screening test, supplies and interpretation of screening results by the Director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology, Dr. Jonathan Drezner. Should the physician identify a potential issue, the family will be contacted directly by Kim Chase who will share feedback and treatment recommendations. 

It is recommended that young athletes have ECG screenings completed every 2 years.

Concussion baseline testing also occurs every 2 years, beginning in 7th grade. It is recommended that all new students without ECG or concussion testing complete it prior to the start of their first sports season.