Years of Funding
High School Athletes Screened
SAVE A HEART. SAVE A LIFE.
The Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation (LPCF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards grants to families in Louisiana to help ease the financial burden of out-of-pocket expenses when their children are undergoing life-saving heart surgeries. In addition, LPCF provides FREE heart screens in an effort to detect various cardiac abnormalities in high school athletes, namely, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
Did You Know...
Nearly 1 in 100 babies (about 40,000) are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States each year.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana does not have a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, so all children requiring life-saving heart surgeries must travel to receive proper treatment.
Most insurances cover the hospitalization costs, but CHD families are still left with out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, housing, meals, and even prescriptions with hefty co-pays.
Each year, more than 3,000 American children and teenagers die while playing sports from an undiagnosed heart condition.
About 75 percent of all sudden cardiac arrest cases take place during a sporting event or practice.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is reported historically as the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in athletes younger than 35 years of age. HCM is found in about one in every 500 people.