Teen Heart Health Check Saturday Feb. 11 Is Now Full
Feb. 10-The free Teen Heart Health Check offered by Hurley Medical Center Saturday February 11 is now full. The heart screenings, to be held in the Swartz Creek High School Gymnasium in Swartz Creek for all mid-Michigan students ages 13 through 19, include a medical history, blood pressure check and an ECG. Echocardiograms will also be provided, if needed. The screening looks for evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious condition that can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes as well as in students engaging in physical activity or exercise. Hurley Medical Center is the only Genesee County hospital offering such a screening.
30 minutes could save a teenager's life
“The screening takes about 30 minutes,” says Dr. Jim Weber, ER Physician on staff at Hurley. “Those 30 minutes may save a student’s life or provide peace of mind for parents concerned about their child’s risk of sudden cardiac death and premature hypertension."
"This Hurley Teen Health Check could save a teenager’s life,” adds Dr. Brian Nolan, Director, Clinical Pediatrics at Hurley Medical Center.
Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death in young athletes
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the single most common cause of death among U.S. athletes. Nearly 4,000 of these deaths are among young people, and 1 in 200,000 high school athletes will die suddenly, most without any prior symptoms. In addition, male athletes are 10 times more likely to die suddenly as a result of HCM.
Registration for the February 11 Teen Screening event is FULL. We are presently scheduling our next screening event, so please stay posted.