Cardiac Screenings

Louis Savino died of a congenital heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM consists of a thickening of the heart muscle, which disrupts the main pumping chamber of the heart.

Congenital heart disease is the leading cause of non-traumatic sudden athletic death, with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The Savino foundation is committed to doing everything possible to prevent the tragedy of sudden death in youths. We recognize the importance of identifying young men and women who may be at risk for sudden cardiac death.

The standard pre-sports participation physical exam may not go far enough to identify the cardiovascular abnormalities and undetected heart conditions. An echocardiogram test can determine whether the student-athlete is at risk for a sudden cardiac event due to abnormalities or defects of the heart.

Cardiac screening programs are slowly making their way through schools and athletic organizations in the United States. This preventive testing is mandated in several other countries such as Italy and Japan resulting in a reduction of sudden death incidents.

The echocardiogram test can determine whether the student-athlete is at risk for a sudden cardiac event due to abnormalities or defects of the heart. The most common heart defect is Cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart). Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the number one cause of sudden death in the young, can lead to obstruction of blood flow and an erratic heart beat. Undetected it can be fatal.

Intent of Cardiac Screening Programs

To identify young men and women who may be at risk for sudden cardiac death. The standard pre-sports participation physical exam may not go far enough to identify the cardiovascular abnormalities and undetected heart conditions.