How We Came About:
Trying to cope with Zac's death, a group of mothers began researching
the incidents of SCA in young student athletes. We were shocked to
learn that nationwide 10,000 young people die each year from SCA
(according to the American Heart Association). That is 28 a day! Not
only is that figure staggering, we feel it is absolutely unacceptable
when it can be prevented in many cases.
The research also revealed that SCA is a SILENT KILLER
striking the seemingly healthy and fit without symptoms or warning.
When we learned that simple cardiac testing can detect the potential
for SCA with 99% accuracy but is not the current standard of care for
routine or sport physical examinations, we were called to action. A sad
but true fact is that most insurance carriers will not cover cardiac
testing unless there are symptoms. But again, in most cases there are
Since its inception in June 2009,
the core group of mothers has grown to include fathers, students,
friends, businesses, schools, medical institutions and other
organizations. We know that in our hearts with more education awareness
and screening, fewer cases of SCA will occur. Fewer precious lives will
THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano
understands the importance of cardiac testing in the prevention of SCA.
The physicians and executive at Baylor know that detection and
correction of heart anomalies early in life can not only help prevent
SCA in youth, but can improve the overall vascular health as adults.
HEART HOSPITAL has introduced a low-cost screening program for youth 12
to 22 years old. Please click on this link to find more information
about the Living for Zachary screening program offered by THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano.
And we know that in all
things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been
called according to his purpose.