Fair Grove Schools brings life-saving opportunity to their community

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The Fair Grove School District is always looking for ways to keep their students safe and healthy.  On Saturday, November 3rd, they will be working with ATS HeartCheck and Devon’s Beat to offer families the chance to have their kids checked for hidden heart defects.  This is a unique opportunity the district is excited to be able to offer their community, as well as surrounding communities.  We’ve all heard stories of what an undetected heart condition can do and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.  To learn more about Devon’s story and why his mom begs parents to get their kid’s hearts checked, scroll down.

 

Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Fair Grove and surrounding communities

 

Youth Heart Screening

 

FOR ALL KIDS AGES 8 TO 25

NOW ONLY $64 (REGULAR $149)


The facts make signing your child up for the ATS HeartCheck an easy decision…

1 𝙞𝙣 100 𝙠𝙞𝙙𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝘿𝙚𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩. 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙖 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙠 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝.

The ATS HeartCheck is a simple, non-invasive series of tests that can determine if your child has a heart defect. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗢 𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝟭 𝗶𝗻 𝟭𝟬𝟬.

For some kids…it turns out to be the MOST valuable 30 minutes of their life.  Over 8,000 kids have benefited from the ATS HeartCheck…isn’t it time for your child?  MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Additional discounts are available for families that qualify.  CLICK HERE to access the financial aid request form.

Read more about this screening

 

The ATS HeartCheck uses the most effective analytic tools to understand a heart’s condition.  We include blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG), and echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), all delivered by specially trained medical professionals certified in congenital and genetic heart conditions who make their living saving kids lives every day. You won’t find a better screening anywhere!

Here are a few reasons why you should give careful consideration to signing your child up for an appointment.

  • According to the American Heart Association, at least one-half million youth in the U.S. have some form of cardiac problem – that’s 1 in 100 kids.
  • These problems range from minor performance issues to sudden cardiac arrest.
  • This testing goes beyond the standard physical to uncover dangerous-hidden heart conditions.
  • ATS is the most respected youth heart screening programs in the country.
  • You are provided a full report prepared by a pediatric cardiologist about a week after the testing.
  • ATS can also provide results to your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor.  All we need is the name when registering.

There are a limited number of appointments available so make your appointment before it’s too late.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What tests are included? The ATS HeartCheck includes an electrocardiogram (EKG) and echocardiogram (heart ultrasound).
  • Can health insurance be used to pay for this? Health insurance will not cover voluntary testing like these, whether done in a hospital or by ATS.  These are the same tests you would get at the hospital or cardiologist’s office without the hassles or excessive costs, often exceeding $1500.
  • How often should my child get their heart tested? New research out of the University of London indicates youth should have regular heart screenings. After their initial screening, they should receive a follow-up screening at age 16, 18, 20, and 25.
Read more about Devon

 

Devon was 10 years old when he collapsed at school in 2012. The doctor assumed he was dehydrated but asked us if we wanted to do further testing to rule things out. A few days later we took him to Children’s Mercy for an EKG. We were notified immediately that he had an abnormal EKG and would need to come back for more test and avoid all physical activity. We went back to Children’s and were shocked by the news we received. Devon was diagnosed with a SADS (sudden arrhythmia death syndrome) condition called Long QT. His doctor told us he was at high risk of cardiac arrest. She said he was lucky to be alive and that he could no longer live an active life and couldn’t be left alone for more than a few minutes at a time. We were so scared and Devon was devastated.

I did a lot of research in the first few weeks and found out that his condition was not rare and that he was indeed lucky to be alive because most of the time the first warning sign is death. I learned that nearly 4,000 young people die each year from conditions like Devon’s. It is 3 to 4 times more common than childhood leukemia. But after reading more about it we also realized not very many people knew about it, so with help from my closest friends and family we decided to host an awareness fundraiser in honor of our son Devon. In less than 5 months we had our first annual Devon’s Beat 5k. I continued to research SADS conditions and learned that most conditions were not only detectable with proper testing but very treatable.

My next mission was to find a way to test kids for such conditions in hopes to catch very treatable conditions from claiming yet another young life. While researching this I found that there are lots of foundations over the US doing exactly what I wanted to do. They were screening young hearts and finding one in one hundred at risk for cardiac arrest. So in October 2014, we had our very first Devon’s Beat Heart Screening!

Devon had an ICD  (implantable cardio defibrillator) implanted in his chest 7 months after he was diagnosed because he was at a very high risk of cardiac arrest.
Fast forward to July 2015 when Devon got sick and his appendix ruptured. Had we not known about his condition they would not have known what medicines they could give him to treat infections and to put him under for surgery. Certain medications could be fatal. In August of 2015, he went into cardiac arrest at the movies and was saved by his ICD twice. What a blessing for our family, not only did we get the blessing of his diagnosis but his device saved his life.
Now Devon is leading a very active full life. He is 15, has his drivers permit, playing basketball, kicking for the football team, playing golf and one of the top in his class. He is involved in Student Council, FBLA, and Band. He dreams to be a kicker in college and possibly going to school to become an anesthesiologist.

It is extremely hard to put into words what ATS has done for us. We had what we thought to be our completely healthy kids tested a few years ago. Much to our surprise and shock, they found a large hole in Riley’s heart that required surgery to repair. The surgeon told us it was good that the hole was detected because Riley was a walking stroke waiting to happen. We are forever grateful we took advantage of the opportunity and think everyone should do the same because you may never know what is going on inside your child until it’s too late.” – Amy Ebert

 

 

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