Heart Screenings - Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation

Heart Screenings



Each year, more than 3,000 American children and teenagers die while playing sports from an undiagnosed heart condition. In 2011 alone, 22 athletes in Louisiana between the ages of 12-18 died of a cardiac-related issue. Heart screens are NOT included in high school athletic physicals, leaving many cardiac conditions undetected.  Our goal is to screen 1,000 – 1,500 student athletes from high schools in the Greater Baton Rouge area each year.

Beginning in 2012, LPCF introduced the “Save A Heart. Save A Life.” screening program, a project targeted at identifying high school athletes who may be at risk for Sudden Cardiac Death. LPCF offers FREE heart screens to student athletes in an effort to detect underlying cardiac issues, specifically Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a thickening of the heart muscle. 1 in 500 people have HCM. It has claimed the lives of many athletes, including US Olympic volleyball player, Floy Hyman, and LSU baseball player, Wally Pontiff.

LPCF is partnering with multiple high schools in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas to screen all those who participate in organized sports at the high school level. Each athlete receives an EKG and Echocardiogram, both analyzed by a local pediatric cardiologist.

LPCF’s heart screening team travels to school campuses to conduct screenings in existing athletic facilities such as gymnasiums or training rooms. Or, individual athletes or teams can schedule heart screens through LPCF’s office on designated screening days. Before the scheduled screening, each student must complete LPCF’s consent form (includes a health history questionnaire), available for download below. Please also review the Frequently Asked Questions and Privacy Practice documents below. 

For more information about this program, or to schedule a free heart screen for your high school athlete, contact LPCF’s Heart Screen Coordinator, Rebecca Savoie, at [email protected] Check out our article in The Advocate! 



Participating Schools:

Albany High

Ascension Christian High

Ascension Episcopal

Assumption High School

Baton Rouge Magnet High

Broadmoor High

Bruly High School

Catholic High

Catholic of Pointe Coupee

Central High School

Centreville Academy

CHEF (Homeschool Football)

Denham Springs High

Dutchtown High

East Ascension High

Episcopal High

French Settlement

Hahnville High

Lee High School

Live Oak High School

Lutcher High School

McKinley High School

Ouachita Parish High School Baseball



Plaquemine High

Runnels School

Schools of the Sacred Heart (Grand Coteau)

St. Amant High School

St. John (Plaquemine)

St. Joseph’s Academy

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Paul’s

St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond)

St. Thomas More (Lafayette)

Sequitur (Homeschool)

Sillman Institute

Southern Lab School

STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee

Tara High

The Church Academy

The Dunham School

University Lab School

Walker High School

West Feliciana High School

White Castle High

Woodlawn High