REBECCA’S STORY

REBECCA’S STORY

(Written by her parents)

Becca Basketball

Becca’s Basketball Photo

HEARTFELT cardiac screening saved Rebecca’s life!

Rebecca ran cross-country, played JV  basketball, and ran long distant track for Esperanza High School. In the summer after her freshman year, a girl’s sister on her cross-country team, Morgan, died suddenly on the tennis court from cardiac arrest. This event plus shortness of breath that Rebecca felt frequently when running longer distances in cross-country (her doctor told her it was sports induced asthma and gave her an inhaler to use), troubled her often.  She suspected that something else might be wrong. That fall, HEARTFELT cardiac screening was offered at her high school campus and Rebecca felt the urge to be checked. The screening was easy and didn’t take long. After her screening, Rebecca was told by Heartfelt Cardiac Projects that an abnormality was detected, and referred her to a cardiologist for further testing.

Becca Cross Country Esperanza

Becca’s Cross Country Photo

Rebecca was diagnosed with Hydrotropic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). This is a
thickening of the middle wall (septum) between the heart chambers that makes the
lower left ventricle smaller and harder for blood to get through especially during
extreme exercise. At the time Rebecca was running up to 6 miles a day in cross-
country. The shortness of breath and tightness she was feeling in her chest wasn’t
from asthma; it most likely was from not enough blood being pumped through her
heart! Her cardiologist told her to stop organized sports immediately. He ran her
through several stress tests and found her heart working fine under normal
conditions. If her heart continued to pump extremely in sports, she may have
suffered cardiac arrest.

Becca Cross Country OC Invitational

Becca’s Cross Country OC Invitational Photo

We are so thankful we discovered this through HEARTFELT cardiac screening.  Rebecca’s life has changed. It’s been hard for her to give up competitive sports. She has found alternative ways of exercise through Pilates, yoga, and hiking. Her cardiologist has her on a low dosage beta-blocker medication but no further medical attention is needed other than yearly heart checkups.

HCM is genetic. Our family has been genetically tested and neither her brother nor
sister has HCM. We also know that Rebecca can pass this along to her kids but now
that this gene has been identified, it possibly could be “spun out” of Rebecca’s DNA
so it may not affect her future children.

Becca Bday

Becca’s Birthday Photo

This diagnosis has also inspired Rebecca to inform others about this screening. She
learned that statistically 3 other people at her school could have HCM and not know
it. The following spring after her diagnosis, Rebecca spoke to every sports team at
Esperanza High School encouraging them to get tested at the HEARTFELT cardiac
screening held at the same time as the spring sport’s physicals. Supporting
HEARTFELT cardiac screening is very important to Rebecca. Many thanks to Holly,
the founder of HEARTFELT cardiac screening, for all her kindness and
encouragement during this scary time!

Dawn & Mark,
Rebecca’s mom  & dad

Learn more about heart screenings at:

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

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OPEN YOUR HEART

A message from Holly Morrell, Executive Director, Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

On July 14, 2012, I survived emergency open-heart surgery by only 90 seconds.  I believe my life was spared in order for me to continue my life’s work — saving others from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  

SCA kills a high-school athlete every three days and 450,000 people each year.  It is the number-one killer of women and the number-one killer in the U.S.  I am living with a heart disease that has killed six members of my family.

Through my nonprofit organization, PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, I have spent the past 14 years providing community cardiac screenings for early detection of heart disease and other cardiac conditions that can lead to sudden death.  I have provided comprehensive cardiac evaluation to over 30,000 people across the United States, free of charge or at just a fraction of what it would cost them any other way.  It has been both a privilege and an indescribable blessing to have had the opportunity to save and/or protect the lives of hundreds of people, who would not have access to or money for these screenings.

I cannot do this alone.  I need your help!

I must raise funds for PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects to continue the service of this life-saving organization.

PLESAE HELP ME at GO FUND ME

by making a tax-deductible donation

so I can continue to screen more people and save more lives.

 

Thank you . . . from the bottom of my heart.

~Holly Morrell

  http://www.gofundme.com/HeartfeltCardiacProjects

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 Please take five minutes to view this video

profiling four young kids recently saved by Heartfelt screenings

and to learn more about my personal story.

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For more information, visit Heartfelt Cardiac Projects at:

http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/

HAPPY NATIONAL HEART MONTH

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UPDATE FROM HOLLY MORRELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEARTFELT CARDIAC PROJECTS

HAPPY NATIONAL HEART MONTH!

Zack, Dillon, Ryan & Cheyne - 4 Lives Saved from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) through early detection via heart screening at a Heartfelt Cardiac Project event.

Zack, Dillon, Ryan & Cheyne – 4 Lives Saved from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) through early detection via heart screening at a Heartfelt Cardiac Project event.

Meet Zack, Dillon, Ryan, and Cheyne, four vivacious teenagers whose lives were protected through early detection of potentially life threatening heart abnormalities at Heartfelt Cardiac Projects cardiac screenings.

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST (SCA)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a silent killer that shows no prejudice – it strikes seemingly healthy individuals of all age groups and all walks of life. SCA is the #1 killer in the United States. Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, a nonprofit organization, helps save lives by raising awareness and offering affordable heart screenings to the public.

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You can Save a Life

How can you help?

Be an active participant.

We can only screen as many people as funds allow.

We absolutely need YOUR financial support.

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Watch and Share this Video

Will you invest 5 minutes of your time today?

Please help us raise public awareness of the need to save more lives from SCA

by watching the Heartfelt Cardiac Projects video below –

AND sharing it with your social networking platforms:

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, email, and blog.

Help spread the word about early detection –

it could save someone’s life!

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Click Here and Watch on You Tube or Vimeo

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Wondering why you haven’t heard from Holly lately?

Find out why by watching the video above!

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1278 Glenneyre Street 244 • LAguna Beach, CA 92651 • 949-494-6575

www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org

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Make a donation of any size.

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CARIDAC SCREENING EVENT 12/15/2012

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HEARTFELT CARDIAC PROJECTS CARDIAC SCREENING EVENT

12/15/2012

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

9:00 a.m. – 5:00

Pasternack Field House

31641 La Novie Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Screening includes Electrocardiogram (EKG) & Echocardiogram (ECHO)

Cost:  $85.00 (Tax Deductible)

Ages:  5 yrs. old and older

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE SCREENING

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Heartfelt Screening at St Margarets Flier

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READ THE ARTICLE BY ST. MARGARET’S

On Saturday, December 15, St. Margaret’s will hold its third elective heart screening event from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Pasternack Field House. Last year, in conjunction with the non-profit Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, St. Margaret’s held two similar screening days which were attended by more 400 students, employees and parents. Thanks to these two initial screenings, two student lives were potentially saved and more 25 others were referred to physicians for further evaluation. You can read more at http://heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/ryan-ohare/ and http://heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/zack/. While both events were successful in terms of attendance alone, the fact that the screenings probably saved and definitely improved lives (young and old) has motivated us to schedule a third screening, open to the entire St. Margaret’s Episcopal School community.

The screening process itself is simple, low cost and carries no health risks. Holly Morrell, founder of Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, and her team will bring all of the equipment necessary to perform voluntary EKG’s and Echocardiograms (a short, painless, ultrasound of the heart, with no side effects). She also provides certified EKG and Echo technologists. After filling out a simple health questionnaire, participants receive their EKG and Echocardiogram, which take approximately 15-20 minutes. Results are read by a cardiologist/electrophysiologist and mailed back to participants within 30 days. Participants who may require further evaluation will be referred to an appropriate physician. The cost is $85 per person, which is a tax deductible donation to Heartfelt Cardiac Projects.

For those less familiar with the history of cardiac screening at St. Margaret’s, the effort stems from the rash of high profile deaths among young, apparently healthy athletes from all across the nation, in a variety of sports. These tragic incidents have raised awareness and have demonstrated a need for a more rigorous cardiac screening for young athletes and young people in general. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from sudden cardiac arrest have increased 10 percent (from 2,719 in 1989 to 3,000 in 1996) in people between the ages of 15 and 34. Efforts to screen for some of the major contributors to sudden cardiac arrest have been hampered by inadequate funding, the high cost of screening and lack of qualified screeners.

Thanks to the continued support of Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut, Athletic Director Susie Maga and Head Football Coach Rod Baltau, St. Margaret’s is a leader in youth cardiac screening. Erin Newman Armstrong (Class of 1998), a cardiac ICU nurse at Mission Hospital and wife of a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, will again assist Holly Morrell’s team. Holly founded Heartfelt Cardiac Projects to help save lives through early detection, education and increased public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and has 11 years of experience screening student athletes nationwide. After losing six family members to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the number one cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people in the U.S., Holly was also diagnosed with the condition in 2002.

The goal of these screenings is to educate students, parents, faculty and staff not only about their own cardiac health but also about CPR and the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). So far, this coordinated approach has not only helped to improve the lives of two of our students but also a soccer referee who was revived with an AED thanks to Trainer David Tomlinson and Coach Mel Taylor. Our sincere hope is to prevent similar episodes in our community and to teach people to respond quickly and effectively if they do.

The December screening is open to any student (over 5 years old), parent, faculty or staff member. Please visit “schedule a screening” at www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org.

Sincerely,

S. Todd Newman, M.D. (Class of 1991)

Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

St. Margaret’s Varsity Football Team Physician

For more information about our screener, Holly Morrell, visit http://heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/who-we-are/ or contact Dr. Newman at Snewman25911@yahoo.com. For more information on why we are doing this, please watch this video from Parent Heart Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww96dEBDVP8&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES

Early detection through heart screenings helps save lives from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCA).  Heartfelt Cardiac Projects offers affordable cardiac screenings to the public.  You can help raise public awareness of this need by sharing the Heartfelt Cardiac Projects video with your social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Email, Blogs, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc . . . and by asking your connections to share as well.  Together we can raise public awareness and save lives one heart at a time!
Many Blessings!
HEARTFELT CARDIAC PROJECTS