Editor's note: This corrects the cost of the cardiact testing and what the testing idenfies.
Nearly two years ago, a seemingly healthy 21-year-old man signed up for cardiac screening at the Heartfelt Cardiac clinic in Laguna, as part of a requirement on his physical examination to become an overseas missionary. To his surprise, the tests revealed a large hole in his heart, a condition that would call for immediate medical attention and open-heart surgery.
"He was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect, a potentially life threatening disease," said Holly Morrell, founder of the Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, a nonprofit that aims to save lives from sudden cardiac death through early detection, education and increased public awareness. "Because of the early detection, he is able to do his missionary work abroad and live a happy, healthy life."
The No. 1 killer in the United States and among women, sudden cardiac arrest — an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes it to suddenly stop beating — claims about 300,000 lives each year, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Assn. About 95% of victims who suffer from cardiac arrest don't survive.