Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation - EKG Heart Screening

EKG Heart Screening


The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation, with the support of local cardiologists, technicians, and other volunteers, will conduct free on-site heart screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in McComas Hall on the Virginia Tech campus. The screenings are provided for youth and young adults from ages 12-26 years of age, and the results are reviewed on site by local cardiologists. This type of screening is NOT one that occurs in normal physicals.

For appointments, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-free-hokie-heart-screening-at-virginia-tech-registration-48481756238?aff=erelexpmlt

 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. Ryan, who was a freshman hospitality and tourism management student, had recently received a physical exam with no heart abnormalities detected. However, most heart conditions cannot be identified with a simple stethoscope, which is why Ryan’s parents started The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation to help detect and prevent SCA.

With cardiovascular disease the second leading medical cause of death for youth in the United States, the Lopynskis are focusing on the adolescent to young adult population.


“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.”

In the last four years, The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation has screened over 1,400 people at Virginia Tech and has found more than 25 abnormalities.


“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.

Any questions, please reach out to VT Recreational Sports / recsports@vt.edu