This 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.
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.