Heart test helps save teen's life

An Overland Park business is helping teens discover heart problems that often go unnoticed. Grace Lovett was just 13 years old when her mom decided to have her screened for a heart problem. "They found a hole the size of a half-dollar in my heart," said Lovett. .

Short animation for kids to see what it's like to get the ATS HeartCheck

Many parents have a hard time explaining to their kids what they should expect when getting the ATS HeartCheck. Here is a short animation that will give them a simple explanation.

About ATS

The purpose of pre-participation physicals is to provide medical clearance for participation in competitive sports, to identify clinically relevant and pre-existing conditions, and reduce the risks associated with organized sports. But they don't include simple, quick look, cardiac screening. We fill that gap with a quick, thorough test that only takes about 20 minutes of your time.

Success When a Community Works Together to Save Lives!

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Grace Lovett left the Easter Special with a second place trophy but her greatest battle was already won before she stepped on the field. In August 2014, Grace went to a heart screening at Desoto High School, Provided by  Athletic Testing Solutions, and they found a half dollar size hole in her heart. In October 2014, at the age of 13, she underwent open heart surgery.

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in our Youth!

Because it happens in a heartbeat....

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is estimated to claim the lives of 130 youth each week. Often these are seemingly healthy individuals with an undetected, but treatable, preventable condition.

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KCTV5 visits an Athletic Testing Solutions screening event at Blue Valley Southwest High School.

On behalf of Athletic Testing Solutions (ATS), we are proud to share how we’ve made a significant difference in the lives of so many families and individuals. Our social responsibility efforts demonstrate just one more way our ATS HeartCheck brand is synonymous with a company that cares.

As an organization, Athletic Testing Solutions is guided by our core purpose:  To provide clinical quality heart screenings that have the potential to save lives.  Our firm belief is we have a responsibility to our communities, as well as an obligation to set the standard as an employer and business leader. For us, social responsibility is defined by the contributions we make through our business operations, our support for community initiatives, our respect for people, promoting healthy youth initiatives and maintaining the strongest possible ethics and compliance.

…….Because it Happens in a Heartbeat!

The ATS HeartCheck is part of ATS’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the children and families across the states in which we operate. To date, over 4,500 children have been impacted as a result of investments from nonprofit organizations that allow us to offer our sustainable, measurable heart screening programs while promoting research to validate outcomes. We’ve built on our legacy of caring with increased community support through many school districts and organizations. We are pleased to say our brand is recognized not only for providing high-quality heart screenings but also for offering compassion to those in need.

Through our partnership with the Jordan Robert Mann, Strive4Life, CHD Babies, and Ja’leel Freeman Foundations, we have had the opportunity to enhanced the lives of thousands of children. Additionally, our team of staff and physicians has spent countless hours on evenings and weekends to help us accomplish our mission. Without them, we would lack the professional assistance that makes it possible to keep the cost of delivering our services to a minimum.

In addition to improving the health of our communities, you will see that our commitment to diversity and inclusion, ethics and compliance is as strong as ever. We are honored to be leading a strong, caring company that provides great value in the communities we serve.

 

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ATS...Setting the Standard in Youth Heart Screening

Athletic Testing Solutions, (ATS), is a group of medical professionals with expertise in providing remote group event services that include comprehensive testing. Our management team has over 30 years experience in healthcare with specialized experience in mobile cardiac testing.

It is our philosophy to provide the highest quality, professional medical services through well run group events throughout the US. We work with the best trained medical professionals, with like interests in children’s health programs; utilize state-of-the-art equipment and ancillary services to deliver high value results.

Why have your child screened?

According to the March of Dimes, 40,000 babies are born with heart defects each year in the United States.  That’s nearly 800 kids every week. In as many as 20% of the cases, (8,000 annually), family history plays a significant role. The remaining 80% are due to other causes that we might not typically consider.  Those can range from maternal health, age, and illness during pregnancy, to alcohol & drug use, to other unknown causes. One of most controversial topics, however, is prescription drug use prior to and during pregnancy. 

Heart defects come in several forms, both electrical & structural.  Electrical defects can cause the heart to beat irregularly or rapidly, and can even cause it to stop beating altogether.  ADHD medication is thought to cause some kids to have irregular heartbeats.

Structural defects arise from abnormal formation of the heart or major blood vessels and can be due to genetic or developed condition. There are at least 18 distinct types of heart defects with many additional anatomic variations.

Many heart defects, however, don’t need treatment or can be fixed. But some can cause serious health problems or death.  Detecting heart defects takes specific testing methods and professional expertise.

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“I wanted to send a note about my daughter Grace. She had open heart surgery to fix a half dollar size hole in her heart at Children's Mercy. Every surgeon and cardiologist we talked to said she would have needed a transplant in 4 to 5 years because of the damage being done to her heart by the hole. Your test saved her life and we are forever grateful. We will be advocates of this testing continuing in the future.” Thanks, Angie

Where do you draw the line in protecting your child?

We have all heard stories about youth that are seemingly in excellent health, collapsing suddenly, only to later learn it was caused by an unknown heart condition that predisposed them to SCA.  And when SCA strikes, it must be responded to within minutes with CPR and an AED.  In most cases, there is only a 5% chance of survival and each minute that goes by without emergency responders taking action, the chance of saving their life drops dramatically.Additionally, the American Heart Association estimates 9,500 children under 18 experience sudden cardiac arrest annually with only a 5% chance of survival. That’s over 135 deaths each week in the US. Many of these defects while detectible and treatable go un-noticed until it is too late. The hearts typical response to both structural and electrical defects is to stop beating, or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  This typically happens during increased physical activity.

That is why Athletic Testing Solutions provides the ATS Heart Check.  A thorough series of tests that help determine who is at risk for SCA as well as diagnosing underlying abnormalities like Marfan’s Syndrome, Valve Disorders, and Atrial Septal Defects.  By providing that knowledge to parents and medical professionals, they can take action to prevent these untimely events or deaths.  In most cases, early detection can lead to corrective actions that will allow the child to live a more normal life.  Again, where do you draw the line in protecting your child?

ATS Medical Advisory Board

DrakeWilliam Drake, MD, MS – Pediatric Cardiologists - Independent Practice, Kansas City MO (Medical Director for Athletic Testing Solutions)

Dr. Drake practices pediatric cardiovascular and preventative medicine in the greater Kansas City area and is often consulted for his expertise.

Dr. Drake’s role is to provide clinical interpretations that drive the data we collect to help improve outcomes and determine the underlying causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest through clinical research and medical expertise which also are instrumental in determining future procedures and protocols for ATS.

Dr. Drake graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1985.  He received his Master's degree in inorganic chemistry with Dr. Larry Dahl from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987, and received his MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1991. He then completed his Pediatrics Residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in 1994. Dr. Drake lived in England for a year while he worked as a Pediatric Registrar (Chief Resident) at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. He then finished his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1999.

Dr. Drake started at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in August 1999 and was active in clinical care (inpatient and outpatient), research (clinical and translational) and teaching medical students and residents.  Dr. Drake is now excited to be in private practice at Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology Associates, LLC located in the Briarcliff III building at 4150 North Mulberry Drive (Suite 150) along with working with ATS to provide his expertise.

 

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Dr. Michael J. Cooper - Pediatric Cardiologist - UCSF Pediatric Heart Center, San Francisco, CA

We are pleased to announce the collaboration with Dr. Michael J. Cooper a pediatric cardiologist at the UCSF Pediatric Heart Center. Cooper is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology with special interest in congenital and acquired heart conditions. His research focuses on the development and utilization of echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) in the non-invasive diagnosis of heart defects in children.

A native of Berkeley, Calif., Cooper relocated to Israel after high school, studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated from Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine. Upon returning to the U.S., he completed a pediatric internship and residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., where he served as chief resident. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at UCSF.

Cooper enjoyed a 30-year career with the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, serving as director of pediatric cardiology at three Kaiser hospitals in the region. During this time, he maintained an active relationship with UCSF through a long-standing clinical appointment as professor of pediatrics in the department of cardiology. Cooper also has taken an active role in serving children with heart defects around the world who lack access to care.

 

Erica Bulmer - Sonographer  - (Technical Director for Athletic Testing Solutions)

Erica works as a Technical Director for Athletic Testing Solutions. She has specialized training in ultrasound and a received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. She did her clinical training in cardiac ultrasound at Kansas University Medical Center, and is RDCS, RVT, and RDMS registered. She did her clinical training at several Kansas City area hospitals and participated on the Special Valve Team at KUMC with TVAR/PFO closures.

Erica’s medical expertise continues to be instrumental in forming protocols and procedures that drive Athletic Testing Solutions’ high standards of excellence and her vision and guidance is paramount to our continued success.

 

Carrie Totta, MD – Cardiologist - HCA Midwest Heart & Vascular, Kansas City MO

Dr. Totta serves as Medical Director of Athletic Testing Solutions.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and a distinguished fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has specialized training and certification in Echocardiography and Nuclear Medicine.

Dr. Totta received her training from the University of Texas Medical Center, Dallas Texas and St. Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri.   She currently practices cardiology for HCA Midwest Hospitals & Clinics.

She has held many positions in clinical and leadership roles, including serving as the Chief of Cardiology at VA Medical Center-Kansas City, Missouri, Medical Director at SonoNet, Inc., and Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Totta’s medical expertise continues to be instrumental in forming protocols and procedures that drive Athletic Testing Solutions’ high standards of excellence and her vision and guidance is paramount to our continued success.

 

Sanjay Sharma, BSc, MD, FRCP (UK), FESC – St. George’s Healthcare – London, England

Dr Sharma is Professor of Cardiology at St George’s, University of London and leads the inherited cardiomyopathies and sports cardiology. He is the medical director for Virgin London Marathon, Consultant cardiologist for the charitable organization, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), cardiologist for the English Institute of Sport, British Rugby League, British Lawn Tennis Association, Athletic Testing Solutions, and the 2012 Olympics in London.

He has an international reputation in cardiovascular adaptation in athletes, sudden cardiac death in the young and heart muscle diseases and has published over 120 scientific articles including 80 original papers in highly rated peer reviewed journals. His research has been pivotal in characterizing the impact of age, sex and ethnicity on cardiovascular adaptation to exercise and in the identification of non-invasive methods of differentiating electrocardiographic and echocardiographic manifestations of cardiomyopathy and ion channel disorders from those representing “athlete’s heart.”

He is a nucleus member of the Sport Cardiology section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation in 2008 and was part of the expert committee member of the National Service Framework chapter entitled sudden death and arrhythmias and the cardiology representative on the RCP Sports and Exercise Medicine Committee.

 

Jodi Murphy – CV Clinical Manager, Medical Informatics USA - FUJIFILM Medical Systems

Jodi serves as Technical Advisor for Athletic Testing Solutions.  She has specialized training in ultrasound for cardiology, vascular, general, and obstetrics and is Registered in all modalities.   She carries the distinction of RDCS and RVT and has co-authored training manuals in Stress Echocardiography.

Jodi has worked in similar organizations helping develop mobile IT solutions and is instrumental in developing & maintaining the IT infrastructure for transfer of clinical data to the ATS interpreting physicians.   Part of that process includes transfer of ultrasound and ECG images through a web-based PACS allowing rapid turnaround of reporting.  She also developed and wrote the protocol for testing with guidance of our cardiologists to give us the best opportunity for a comprehensive diagnosis.

 

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