What is SCA

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the condition in which the heart unexpectedly stops beating. 

SCA is NOT a heart attack. Victims may never experience warning signs.

When SCA occurs, blood stops flowing to the brain, causing loss of consciousness / seizures in seconds.
If not treated within minutes, SCA results in death.  5 minutes! Yes, 5 minutes!

The rhythm of the heart can be restored with defibrillation,  an electrical shock delivered to the chest by an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This is why you and your child should be trained in CPR/AED. In the time it takes for EMS to arrive, you can be a hero and save a life.

SOLUTION?  PREVENTIVE? The Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a simple, PAINLESS, NON-INVASIVE 5 minute test that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart. It identifies 80% of cardiac abnormalities.

WHY TAKE THE CHANCE WITH YOUR CHILD?


WHY EKG's ARE CRUCIAL

Our Mission

Our mission is to make Delaware the Heart Healthiest state in the nation. 

  1. Screen every student in Delaware aged 8-23. 
  2. Train in CPR/AED.  We want to give the opportunity for students AND parents to become heroes by knowing Hands Only CPR and how to use an AED.
  3. Combat childhood obesity,
  4. Combat the scourge of opiate addiction.
  5. Augment the protocols of CERP (Cardiac Emergency Response Plan) in every school.

Our events are normally staged in gyms. Therefore we reach out to any health-related organization to further educate our students. Visit the Pictures from events to see the posters and the various stations. 

HITG member of nat'l assoc... PARENT HEART WATCH

Structural Heart Defects

 (1) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick. Often, only one part of the heart is thicker than the other parts. The thickening can make it harder for blood to leave the heart, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. It also can make it harder for the heart to relax and fill with blood.
(2) Anomalous Coronary Artery: The coronary arteries deliver blood to the heart. When they are malformed or abnormal, the flow of oxygen to the heart is compromised.
(3) Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) The heart becomes weakened, enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently. This decreased function can effect lungs and liver as well. 

Electrical Heart Defects

 (1) Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome (WPW): An extra electrical pathway into the heart allows a very abnormal heart rhythm to occur. This problem can be detected on an EKG even when symptoms are not present.
(2) Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. These rapid heartbeats may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure. In some cases, your heart may beat erratically for so long that it can cause sudden death. LQTS is genetic and runs in families.
(3) Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD) is a disorder in which normal myocardium is replaced by fibrofatty tissue. This disorder usually involves the right ventricle, but the left ventricle and septum also may be affected.
(4) Brugada Syndrome is a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorder. It is characterized by a specific abnormal signal on the EKG. Brugada syndrome is frequently an inherited condition.