Q: What happens during a heart screening?

During the screening we will record the child’s height, weight, and blood pressure. A healthcare professional will then review the child’s (guardian-provided) health history questionnaire. After the review, the child will participate in a short training on how to conduct hands-only CPR and use an AED. An EKG will be performed on the child and reviewed by a cardiologist. After EKG review, if the cardiologist deems it necessary, the child will be sent for a follow-up echocardiogram. (Essentially a painless ultrasound of the heart.)

Q: What is an electrocardiogram? (Also called an EKG or ECG.)

At our heart screening, a 12-Lead EKG will be performed on each youth. The EKG is a noninvasive, painless test that delivers quick results. During an EKG, sensors (electrodes) that detect the electrical activity of the heart are attached to a person’s chest and limbs. The sensors remain in place for just a few minutes while the heart’s electrical activity is recorded.  

Q: What happens during the EKG/ECG?

Small patches with a mild adhesive will be placed on the child’s chest, legs, and arms. Electrodes attached to the patches record the heart’s electrical activity.

Q: What is an echocardiogram? (Also called an echo.)

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that allows us to view the structure of the heart. An echo is noninvasive and takes approximately 10 minutes.

Q: How long is each child’s screening?

Plan for the screening to take approximately 2 hours.

Q: Do I have to attend the screening?

You do not need to accompany the child to the screening. However, please ensure the screening packet and health history questionnaire is completely filled out and signed. To participate in the screening event, all students under 18 must have their parent or guardian’s signature on their permission form. Parents are encouraged to join us at the screening if they are able.

Q: What should a child wear to the screening?

Youths should wear a T-shirt, sweatpants, or sport shorts. Girls should wear a sports bra. Girls will be asked to remove the T-shirt but will keep the sports bra on at all times. Girls will be screened by female health professionals in an area separate from the boys. Paper gowns are available, upon request.

Q: What should a child bring to the screening?

Everyone must bring their fully completed health history questionnaire and signed waiver. Youths under the age of 18 must have the permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

Q: I need to change our registration time. Is that possible?

Unfortunately, our system does not allow participants to adjust their registration time. However, you may re-register your child for the ideal time and then simply email screening@viaheartproject.org to let us know which time to delete.

Q: I want to register a child, but the screening time we want is full. What’s next?

If your first choice is unavailable, please select a second-choice time slot that is open. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Q: Should I do anything with the results of this test?

We strongly urge you to share the results with the youth’s pediatrician (or family doctor) so the information is documented on the youth’s medical records.

If you have any further questions,

please email screening@viaheartproject.org or call 800-284-0125