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Heart Screenings Provide Peace of Mind for Parents in Areas Served by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
08/04/2011

DENTON, Texas — Fifteen-year-old Morghan Tischler recently participated in a free heart screening. It gave her parents some peace of mind.

Akeen Akinyele, RRT, carefully placed 12 leads on Morghan Tischler to administer an electrocardiogram
Akeen Akinyele, RRT, carefully placed 12 leads on Morghan Tischler to administer an electrocardiogram (ECG). The painless procedure gathers information that may be used to identify hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart condition.

“The screening looks for a potentially fatal, genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM,” said Dwayne Tischler, Morghan’s father and an employee at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Championship Hearts Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit agency, and Texas Health Denton offered the screenings for athletes ages 14 to 18. Nearly 200 students from across North Texas participated, many actively involved in football, marching band, drill team, track and field, or other strenuous sports.

Results from the screening were immediate, with nine students referred for further testing. These outcomes were in keeping with what Championship Hearts normally finds. During the last decade, Championship Hearts has screened more than 12,000 students, with approximately 5 percent referred for additional cardiac tests.

Each screening included a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram (ECHO) (picture of the heart) to detect HCM — the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Both the ECG and ECHO are non-invasive and painless and are valued at more than $700.

“I’m really proud to work at a hospital that cares so much for our kids,” Tischler said. “I’ve always believed that we provide quality care and personalized attention to our patients, it was nice to see this validated as I went through the process from the other side as a parent.”

To learn more about upcoming screenings, find heart-healthy recipes or request a healthy heart kit, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center and an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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