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Learn about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA):

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

SCA is the result of unsuspecting cardiovascular disease causing the heart to stop without warning or symptoms. Though many causes have been found, most cases result from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the thickening of a heart muscle that obstructs blood outflow.

Why focus on youth?

SCA in youth ages 12-22 years is not uncommon. The MCORE Foundation screens over 5000 children per year with a findings rate at 5% of those screened. We provide the only high level mobile cardiac assessment that gives a baseline heart evaluation for use with your medical provider. Testing that is otherwise not available and for little or no cost. Let us educate our communities and prevent these tragedies from happening.

Aren't the facility's AEDs enough?

No. Schools have multiple automated external defibrillators (AEDs), but most cardiac fatalities occur before a defibrillator can be administered. Young lives are too valuable to rely on reactive measures alone, like AEDs.

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The MCORE Foundation™ Mission: Education and Cardiac Screening is the key to SCA prevention.

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Electrocardiogram Testing

A test commonly given after cardiac arrest is an electrocardiogram (ECG). During an ECG, 12 sensors (electrodes) that can detect the electrical activity of the heart are attached to the patient's chest to measure the timing and duration of each electrical phase in the heartbeat and reveal disturbances in heart rhythm. And ECG is a simple, noninvasive test that can detect risk for sudden SCA in an individual not detectable by exam and history alone. Several organizations, including the International Olympic Committee and some national governments, require that athletes' screenings include an electrocardiogram (ECG) before they are cleared to compete.

Ultrasound Testing

Otherwise known as echocardiography, the ultrasound is a simple, non-invasive test that uses inaudible sound waves to make two-dimensional images of the heart's walls and motions. MCORE Foundation technicians begin by applying sound-enhancing gel to the patient's skin, and then placing a transducer against it. This device emits a beam of high-frequency sound waves into the body. These waves bounce off body fluids and soft tissues, and — in the same way a bat "echolocates" its surroundings — the transducer records minute variations in the echoes and uses them to formulate a live feed of the person's internal organs. Ultrasound is completely painless and harmless; in fact, it's captivating for those who wish to view the inner workings of their own body. This test along with the EKG helps to greatly reduce false positives.

Screening Test Results

Performed off-site, each person's test results will be interpreted by a board of certified cardiologist. The images of both the EKG and Echo testing are sent electronically to participants MCORE Foundation account. These images are housed indefinitely on MCORE Foundation HIPAA compliant medical site and can be accessed at any time. Should you want to send images to your doctor, simply download onto PC or memory device to send to your medical professional. If evaluators detect cause for further evaluation, patients and their families will be notified with specific follow-up recommendations.

CPR-AED Training

The MCORE Foundation offers the American Heart Association Hands Free CPR-AED training for no cost to our school partners. Our instructors work to visit your school health classes, sports teams or booster events to help fulfill your high school requirement for CPR-AED training prior graduation. According to the American Heart Association, when bystanders provide CPR and use an AED to treat the victim before EMS arrives, survival rates increase to 38%. In other words, lay bystanders who act by calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, and using the nearest AED can mean the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

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