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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Early detection saves lives!

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HEART STATS

SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH STATISTICS

Over 450,000 people die annually from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCA).

A young athlete dies every 3 days from SCA.

SCA is the #1 killer in the U.S.

Recent statistics of heart disease and stroke are mind-boggling.

MORE HEART STATISTICS

  • More than one-third (33.6%) of all U.S. deaths are related to cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
  • In 2007, of all Americans who died of cardiovascular diseases, 150,000 were younger than age 65.
  • Nearly 4 million people report disability from heart disease and stroke.
  • Nearly 68 million adults have high blood pressure, and about half do not have this condition under control.
  • Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
  • A 12–13 point reduction in average systolic blood pressure over 4 years can reduce heart disease risk by 21%, stroke risk by 37%, and risk of total cardiovascular death by 25%.
  • Focus on the ABCS to prevent heart disease and stroke—Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol control, and Smoking cessation.
  • Early detection saves lives.  Heart screenings, including EKG and ECHO, are the best methods of early detection of heart disease.

*For more statistics go to:  Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects offers affordable heart screenings to the public.

Have you been checked?

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR HEART

“Your most devoted body part, taking blood and making art.”

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

wants to remind you that

early detection saves lives

from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Take care of your heart ~

Get checked!

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects helps save lives from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCA)

by striving to raise public awareness

and through early detection

by offering affordable heart screenings to the public.

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Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is dedicated to saving lives from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) through early detection, education, and increased public awareness. Heartfelt Cardiac Projects provides comprehensive cardiac screening which includes both the Echocardiogram (ECHO — cardiac ultrasound) and the Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), which are considered the best two tools for detection of the general risks of SCA. This cardiac screening is offered for a nominal tax deductible donation, per screening or free of charge, when funding permits. SCA is the Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. A High School Athlete Dies from SCA every 3 days in the U.S. SCA is the #1 Killer of Women in the U.S. Early Detection Saves Lives!

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