Michael was busy being a boy. He loved sports. He was always participating in them. So it was really just one of those routine things when he went in for his sports physical at his primary physician’s office. Because he was not having any symptoms and there was no family history indicating an EKG was necessary, the decision was made to not include that in the order the doctor wrote for concussion testing.
There is something to be said for a mother’s intuition, because when Jennifer arrived with her son for the recommended concussion testing, she asked that the EKG be performed anyway. The result? Michael was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
, a heart condition which is most commonly accompanied by tachycardia, a fast heartbeat. Patients with WPW are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
After further testing, Michael was referred to cardiologist Dr. Naomi J. Kertesz
at Nationwide Children's Hospital where he received a heart catheter. “We, as a community, are so fortunate to have such a wonderful medical facility so close to us. They are innovators, healers and simply the best,” says Jennifer.
The Heart Center
at Nationwide Children's Hospital has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services
, cardiothoracic surgery
, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease
and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. And all locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere.
Two years have passed since Michael first stepped through the doors of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Today, the 14 year old is healthy and active, playing football, riding bikes, both dirt and BMX – really doing anything outside. Michael is super excited about being a patient champion for Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200
, not just because he loves sports and being outside, but also because he knows the event helps to raise funds for Nationwide Children's Hospital to help kids like him here and everywhere.