WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the Number One Killer of Student Athletes. AdventHealth, Volusia County Schools Want to Change That With Free Screenings.

Photo: Braden Collum

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

AdventHealth is partnering with Volusia County Schools to offer all middle and high school student-athletes free heart screenings called electrocardiograms. The quick, painless screening can pick up heart abnormalities that left undetected could lead to life-threatening sudden cardiac arrest. 

AdventHealth’s Erik Nason says he expects they might find potentially deadly abnormal heart rhythms in 17 students out of the 900 they screen.

Nason says that might seem like a small number but it could save those students’ lives by helping them get the treatment they need.

“It will save the lives of those individuals because now they’ll know there’s an underlying condition in their heart that I hate saying it but it’s like a ticking time bomb. You don’t know if there’s an abnormality.”

The screenings are voluntary for students this school year, but will be required for all middle and high school student-athletes in the county during the 2022-2023 school year. 

Nason says these screenings will be offered in June during free state-required sports physicals.

“It’s like having your house wired incorrectly and there could be a short, or there could be a blown breaker, or something that could, a surge that could affect your home’s equipment. It’s the same thing with your heart. If something’s not functioning right the heart quickly shuts down and stops. Which is obviously not a good thing. And we want to be able to prevent that.”

Volusia County Schools has also purchased 30 new AEDs for teams to use during practices or games to respond to heart-related medical emergencies.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter

Danielle Prieur is a general reporter for 90.7 News. She studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and interned at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from the metro Detroit area.

TOP