Smart Heart Scans at St. Pius X

Friday, August 4, 2017

Smart Heart Scans will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 and if necessary, Sunday, August 27, 2017 at St. Pius X. The process takes approximately 30 minutes from check-in to conclusion. Please keep in mind that this test is given by appointment only. We cannot accept walk-ins.

If you wish to register your child, click HERE.

Each year every St. Pius X student-athlete is required to undergo a physical. The vast majority of the student-athletes take that very thorough physical here at St. Pius X in May. There are, however, certain heart conditions that cannot be detected by regular sports physicals. Over the past several years, there have been several deaths throughout the United States and in the state of Georgia resulting from an athlete’s heart condition that could only be detected by an Echocardiogram (ECHO). An ECHO is designed to screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that reduces the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively to the body. The ECHO and its interpretation by a cardiologist routinely costs $800 to $1500, thus making the procedure cost prohibitive for many.

Please keep in mind that an Echocardiogram is not required for a student-athlete to participate on a St. Pius X team. If your student athlete has already received an ECHO there is no need to receive another one unless instructed to do so by your physician.

For more information about Smart Heart Scans, please click HERE.
Please mail the completed form with your check for $70 made out to Smart Heart Scans to St. Pius X, attention Gary Schmitt by Friday, August 18. You will be called during the week of August 21 to schedule your appointment time for the test.

As a separate reminder, please keep in mind all incoming NEW students (freshmen and other grades) must have a physical on file at St. Pius X.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gary Schmitt at 404-636-7751, Ext. 267.