In Edmonds next week: Screening for a Silent Killer

MattTruaxThis is a tragedy that has mobilized a community. Next week on February 12th in Edmonds, Washington, a cardiac screening will take place for as many as 600 students at Meadowdale High School. It will honor Matthew Truax, a high school junior who died of sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, last fall during a routine PE class.

I recently received an update from his mother, Melinda Truax that in her son’s honor and memory, more than $10,000 has been raised for this and other cardiac screenings by the Nick of Time Foundation as well as for funding AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines in Edmonds schools.

PMVarrentiFor more background, here is the original article “Silent Killer: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Teens” that I wrote for the January 2014 edition of Parentmap.

Most of the time, victims of sudden cardiac arrest look and feel healthy, there often are no warning signs. As Nick of Time’s Medical Director Jonathan Drezner put it, a good cardiac screening is like getting a good look under the hood – something standard sports physicals with a pediatrician simply do not do, he says.

 

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One thought on “In Edmonds next week: Screening for a Silent Killer

  1. 02/08/2014 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for this article. Hopefully parents who read it will register their student on Monday for the Wednesday heart screening. Don’t assume your child is healthy. This is your chance to know your childs heart is healthy. Our son Matthew would still be here with us had we only known he had HCM – an enlarged heart. If only he had been streened last February at Edmonds Woodway High School. We need 300 more students to register by Tuesday. Parents please don’t gamble with your childs life. Turn in paperwork at Meadowdale High School on Monday. Melinda Truax

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