Cardiac Screening

Major Support for These Screenings Provided by QualCare

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac death is the result of an unexpected failure of proper heart function during or immediately after exercise. Ninety percent of cardiac deaths in young athletes occur in youth sports-related competition. About 100 such deaths are reported in the United States each year.

In coordination with the American Heart Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics and their recommendations, the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Education requires all school athletes to be examined by a primary care physician at least once per year to include a full physical exam. This would include a complete screening of blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm abnormalities along with a complete evaluation of medical history. At this time electrocardiograms (EKG’s) are not a state requirement as part of the pre-participation physical process to participate in youth sports.

In most cases, unless a preexisting or congenital heart defect exists, most children have not had a baseline EKG or complete cardiac screening in their lifetime. The number one cause of sudden cardiac death is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) otherwise known as enlargement of the heart muscle. Without proper screening and assessment this condition can go undetected.

Cardiac screenings are offered for ages 6-18 and include a baseline EKG and resting blood pressure along with a thorough review of medical history and EKG interpretation by a pediatric cardiologist. EKG findings can result in further testing and are referred to your physician for evaluation to ensure each child's safety. Experts recommend a repeat screening be held every 2 years.

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
RWJPE Sports Medicine New Jersey
186 County Road 520
Suite 3
Morganville, NJ 07751
(732) 946-2100
RWJ Sports Physical Therapy at Princeton
743 Alexander Road
Suite 2
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 419-0455
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
RWJ Physical Therapy at Carteret
60 Cooke Avenue
Carteret, NJ 07008
(732) 969-8030
RWJ Physical Therapy at Scotch Plains
2120 Lamberts Mill Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 389-5400
RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
RWJ Physical Therapy at New Brunswick
100 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 545-0494
The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes
200 South Orange Avenue
Suite 002, Lower Level, East Wing
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7913
RWJ Rehabilitation Lawrenceville
4152 Quakerbridge Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 245-7420
Jersey City Medical Center Rehabilitation Services
100 Town Square Place
Suite 208
Jersey City, NJ 07310
(201) 915-2000

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