Cardiac Study Includes Keller, Richardson ISD Athletes, Band Members

Cardiac Study

The UT Southwestern Medical Center has invited student athletes and band members from two North Texas school districts to participate in a study by UTSW heart specialists to determine whether electrocardiograms can be useful in identifying students at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

“It is a tragedy when a young person dies of sudden cardiac death, and physicians want to do everything possible to prevent such occurrences. But it is a rare event and there are costs, both social and financial, to ECG screening,” Dr. Benjamin Levine, director of the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine, a joint operation of UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources, said in a news release.


Athletes and band members who volunteer from the Keller ISD in Tarrant County and the Richardson ISD will take part in the study.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that students from Keller and Timber Creek high schools in the Keller district will take part. There is no cost to the district or the families, the newspaper said.

Roughly 8 million students in the nation play high school sports and a study estimated that 66 athletes aged 13 to 25 dies from sudden cardiac arrest  nationwide each year, the Star-Telegram reported.

Band members were included because they tend to practice their routines in the same hot conditions that high school athletes compete in.

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