Foundation Provides Free Heart Screenings For Tulsa Athletes

Wednesday, January 28th 2015, 6:15 pm
By: News On 6

Almost two years ago a 16-year-old Grove athlete who appeared healthy and physically fit to his friends and family died from sudden cardiac arrest.

To prevent this from happening again, the Chase Morris Foundation, named in his honor, held a heart screening for young athletes at Booker T. Washington High School Wednesday.

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Students were given, free of charge, a test looking for heart defects or other problems. Normally that test would cost $1,500 each.

"And with these proper screenings that we use, we can prevent 97 to 98 percent of those sudden cardiac arrests," said Michael Morris with the Chase Morris Foundation.

Last semester the foundation tested more than 200 students at Metro Christian.

Two came back with potentially life-threatening heart conditions.