From: Recreational Sports

The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation with the support of local cardiologists, technicians from fire and rescue or medical facilities, and other volunteers will conduct free on-site heart screenings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in McComas Hall. The screenings are provided for students from ages 12-26 years of age, and the results are reviewed on site by local cardiologists.

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The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation was founded by the parents of former Virginia Tech student, Ryan Lopynski, who passed away from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in 2009.  

In the last four years, The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation has screened over 1,000 people at Virginia Tech and has found more than 20 abnormalities.

“An EKG only takes seven minutes, it is noninvasive,” said John Lopynski, Ryan’s father. “It is just a matter of clipping on plastic pieces that take electrical rhythms of the heart. It doesn’t hurt at all. It just tapes on to your chest and to your legs. After the seven minutes, we get a heart reading of the impulses of the heart and it can pick up some significant issues. In fact, we’ve saved several people who have had to have surgeries.”

“We embrace this as a family. Of course we are grieving from our son’s loss, but this is a way of giving back and making sure we are doing our part to help avoid this situation for other families,” said Lopynski.