Sudden cardiac arrest in youth remains the leading cause of non-traumatic sudden death in young adults, often happening without signs or symptoms and proving fatal 92% of the time. We know that the thoughtful use of a few simple tests can identify the most common cardiac conditions predisposing a young person to sudden cardiac arrest or death. The consequence of not performing these screens is to leave at-risk youth to their own fate – an action that is not acceptable to us when a viable alternative exists.
We’re On A Mission
AugustHeart creates accessibility to free lifesaving heart screenings for teenagers to identify undetected heart abnormalities putting teens at risk for sudden cardiac death. AugustHeart heart screenings include a measure of height and weight, a modified electrocardiogram (12-lead ECG – measures the electrical activity in the heart), and if necessary a limited echocardiogram (2-dimensional ECHO – ultrasound picture of the heart). Medical personnel provide an assessment of the data (normal or abnormal). All data collected related to the heart screen is reviewed by a board certified pediatric or adult cardiologist to ensure accuracy.
The AugustHeart screening focuses on five of the most common cardiac conditions predisposing a young person to sudden cardiac death for which we believe cost-effective, rapid screening is possible. These include heart structure problems, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and enlargement of the aorta, as well as electrical problems such as long QT syndrome (LQTS) and Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome.
We know that the population of teenagers at potential risk numbers in the tens of thousands. Our goal is quite simple — to ensure that all youth whose families desire cardiac screening can have it in the simplest, most reliable and most cost-effective way. AugustHeart is dedicated to making free heart screenings accessible to teens because we know lives can be saved with a simple 20-minute heart screening!