Lola Halsband, a BHHS 12th grader, conducted free heart scans for BHHS athletes in partnership with cardiologist Dr. Sunilkumar Rao, DO and Ascension Hospital.
The event occurred during the school day on Thursday, April 20, 2023. A team of doctors including fellows and residents along with nurses provided the heart scans and sent home documentation of findings. The heart scans consisted of an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) which is a simple and painless test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. It is a commonly used diagnostic test to evaluate the health of the heart and detect any abnormalities in its function.
Lola is currently an intern with Dr. Rao as a part of the Biomedical Pathways class. Her goal is to research cardiology issues in athletes. Lola states, “There have been too many cases recently where young athletes have experienced cardiac arrest during their sport, no one would have known because screening is not common protocol. This is why we are doing a free heart scan for these student athletes in order to provide insight into whether or not they may be at risk for some sort of cardiovascular abnormality. Many young athletes are unaware of underlying cardiac issues they may have, making it worse every time they step onto their playing field.”
The BHHS Pathway Program is designed to create rich and meaningful learning experiences for students within the school and the local community. Students have the opportunity to pursue their passions, engage in authentic and experiential learning opportunities, and be directly connected with organizations outside the school walls. Students enrolled in the Biomedical Pathways program collaborate with medical professionals, university personnel, and district educators to develop the knowledge and skills required for biomedical careers.