FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does the ATS HeartCheck screen for?

The ATS HeartCheck includes blood pressure reading, a 12 lead ECG (EKG), and Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound). These tests help determine if your child has an electrical or structural abnormality with their heart that can be potentially life-threatening. The EKG measures the rhythm and electrical activity of the heart while the echocardiogram (echo) provides a visual image of the heart, allowing us to see if the size, structure, and heart valves are developing and functioning properly.

Who should have the tests?

Working with pediatric cardiologist allow us to test a wider age range. The minimum age is 8 years old and is recommended through age 25.

How long does the screening typically take?

Registration and scheduling are available online.  The testing itself takes approximately 30 minutes.

How often should the tests be repeated?

A new study, out from the University of London, identified a threefold higher death rate from heart conditions in athletes than previously estimated. The study found screenings are not “one-and-done” and should be completed on a regular basis. New guidelines indicate after the initial screening your child should receive follow up screenings at age 16, 18, 20, and 25 to rule out conditions that might manifest as they grow into adulthood.

What is the cost of the screening?

Cost for the screening is $129.00. Discounts are available for families that qualify. If you have an HSA or FSA through your employer, you may be able to use those funds to pay for the screening. You will need a special receipt from ATS to turn in to your employer so be sure to ask.

Does insurance cover the cost of the testing?

In order for insurance to pay for any medical service, there must be an underlying condition or symptom justifying the required testing. Most kids do not have symptoms that would allow billing your insurance. If they do have symptoms you and your pediatrician should weigh the cost versus the benefit to determine if using your insurance is the best decision. These same tests, when done in a hospital or cardiology office, cost near $1,500 with potentially a large share of the cost applied to your deductible or out-of-pocket.

Who reviews the test results?

The ATS medical review team is comprised of pediatric cardiologists that review each test and produces formal written reports? These cardiologists specialize in congenital and genetic heart conditions and are board certified with a special interest in cardiac sports medicine.

How do I receive the results of the testing?

ATS will email a detailed report to the email address used to register your child.  Results are emailed within 7 to 14 of the test date. The email is sent from reports@athletictestingsolutions.com.

Does my child’s doctor receive the results?

We are happy to provide the same detailed report you receive to your child’s physician. All you need to do is include their name on the Health & Family History form in the space provided.

What to expect during your screening

ECG (also called an EKG)

The first test step of your child's screening includes taking their blood pressure and performing an ECG.  The ECG allows us to analyze the electrical function of the heart.  There are 2 primary abnormalities that can be detected by the ECG, Wolff Parkinsons White Syndrome and Long QT Syndrome.    

Echocardiogram

The second part of the screening is an echocardiogram.  The echocardiogram provides both still and motion images, allowing our cardiologists the ability to see the structural function of the heart.  The echocardiogram allows us to analyze chamber sizes, wall thickness, all valve function, blood flow as well as the aortic root and coronary arteries.  According to Mayo Clinic, the echocardiogram is considered the "Gold Standard" in evaluating the structure of the heart.

What other parents have shared about their experience

“Brandon ended up having two extra electrical pathways on the left side of his heart, along with one on the right that needed to be removed.  The cardiologists had to speed up his heart during the surgery to map out the abnormal electrical pathways you found when we had him screened at school by ATS.  He’s recovered really well.  The cardiologists said these tests probably saved his life because he wouldn't have made it through ROTC Military Physical Competitions scheduled next year having Wolff-Parkinson-White.  The $99 we spent on the tests from ATS is the best $99 we've ever spent and ever will spend! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We feel so lucky and blessed the school district had ATS to do the screening!

Stacey D.

“I wanted to send a note about my daughter Grace. She had open heart surgery to fix a half dollar size hole in her heart at Children's Mercy. Every surgeon and cardiologist we talked to said she would have needed a transplant in 4 to 5 years because of the damage being done to her heart by the hole. Your test saved her life and we are forever grateful. We will be advocates of this testing continuing. If there is any-thing we can do to help, please let us know.”

Angie

“ We did this heart check last fall for our 16 year old cross country runner. She had a small hole in her heart as a baby and we had been assured it was closed over the years. No murmur was ever detected. We decided to do the ATS Heart Check for peace of mind. It was the best test we could have spent money on. Not only did they detect an abnormality, but also learned the hole in her heart (an ASD), is not small, nor could it be closed in the cath lab. She will be having open heart surgery in July. If this had gone undetected, she could have suffered heart stress during her future pregnancies and had severe heart problems in her fifties or later. Thank you for offering this screening. We will be forever grateful!

Tracy S.

It’s been an overwhelming 7 days. We told our son last night. He was overwhelmed.. .tears... thinking... talking... listening... more tears. He asked us if this could have killed him.  What a question to be asked by your 15 year old son?!?!  Our doctor appointment went well this morning. He is conservative which we love.  The doctor did a great job of explaining what Wolff-Parkinson White (WPW) is, what it means and how to fix it! Our son listened intently, asked questions and held his own.  Today my husband took him to SME weight room to talk to the Coach ….  Coach took the time to talk to him, help him understand he was going to be fine, shared a couple successful stories and then challenged him to work hard and start on varsity football team next year.  I can say that he will take that challenge. That chat and the preparation my husband and I went through to get ready for today was a successful journey.  You are/were instrumental in the success of today.  We will be forever grateful for your testing and finding WPW….and the ability to fix it before something tragic happened.  Thanks for your support.  I am coming out of a haze and I am grateful to see the light of a brighter day.  I will want to thank the SME school district, ATS and the Jordan Mann Foundation when this is over if you could direct me to the people who make this possible, I want to be an advocate. Thanks for helping me through this terrifying experience.

Lene’

“Earlier this year we took our son to a screening locally.  Although the whole   process did not take a long time, ATS was  thorough in the EKG and sonogram tests.  We feel comfortable that if there were any issues, they would have been  detected.  We feel it was money well spent.”

Relieved Parent

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