Lakeside School is excited to be partnering with the University of Washington Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology to bring baseline Electrocardiogram (ECG) cardiac screenings to Lakeside students ages 12 and over.
ECG screenings are non-invasive tests that measure the electrical activity of the heartbeat. Many conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in young people are detectable by ECG screenings. Doctors recommend that students ages 12 and over have ECG screenings completed every one or two years. The test takes five minutes to complete and has no pain or injury risk associated with it.
Data from the screening is sent via HIPPA-secured technology to the University of Washington for interpretation by their board-certified physicians who specialize in sports medicine and sport cardiology. Should a physician identify a potential issue, the family will be contacted directly by Lakeside Head Athletic Trainer Antonio Gudiño, who will share recommendations provided by Dr. Jonathan Drezner, Director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology.
Tests will be conducted by Antonio Gudiño and Assistant Athletic Trainer Paige Platman; students may choose who conducts their test. One-on-one appointments will take place in the training room, located on the bottom floor of The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center on Lakeside’s Upper School campus.
ECG screenings cost $25 and will be billed to student accounts. Financial assistance is available based on a student’s tuition aid percentage. If a student does not currently receive financial aid and requires assistance with payment, please let Antonio Gudiño know. No student will be denied a screening due to inability to pay. The cost covers the interpretation of screening results by UW physicians.
Lakeside is committed to offering this service amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks will be required for all students entering the athletics center. All tables will be cleaned between appointments. Recent research indicates that COVID-19 infection can cause myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) which is a risk factor for SCA. We are requiring all families to disclose any previous COVID-19 infection or close contact and requiring students that have tested positive for COVID-19 to participate in the screening before participating in Lakeside sports.
Testing will begin on February 22, 2021. Families can visit https://lakeside-sports-medicine.appointlet.com/s/ecg to schedule their student’s appointment.