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Free Heart Screenings for Young Athletes Available at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
03/26/2012

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is committed to providing both compassionate and quality heart and vascular care to the people in the communities it serves. And for the second year, it is reaching out to help those who might not seem as though they could be affected by heart health issues — our youth.

Texas Health Denton and Championship Hearts Foundation are teaming up to provide free heart screenings for student athletes ages 14 to 18, on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should allow a minimum of 45 minutes for the screening from time of registration to check out. All screenings will be conducted at the main hospital, located at 3000 N. I-35, Denton, TX 76201.

Active students who participate in athletics, cheerleading, marching band, drill team, or other strenuous sports are encouraged to get their heart screened for possible deadly genetic heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

“Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic heart condition that usually doesn’t impair physical activity, but it is a set up for a potentially fatal rhythm problem that could happen right on the playing field,” said Dr. George Rodgers, president of Championship Hearts Foundation. “HCM is very difficult to pick up during a physical examination, but is easily detected with an echocardiogram.”

The Championship Hearts screening includes 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 valued at more than $700. Results of the screening are immediate. The Championship Hearts screening model is endorsed by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology as a quality initiative.

This free event is made possible in part, by the complimentary use of facilities and equipment at Texas Health Denton and the volunteer time of physicians. More than 14,000 students have been screened by Championship Hearts during the last decade, with approximately 5 percent of those having been referred for further cardiac testing.

Parents are welcome and strongly encouraged to accompany their student during tests. Online registration is currently open at the foundations website, championshipheartsfoundation.org. Students who signed up online can check in for the event in the hospital’s main lobby. Free parking is available in front of the building.

Students must have a signed parental waiver in order to receive the heart screening. That waiver will be available at the event and is also available to print from the Championship Hearts website. There is no charge for the screening, however, a (tax deductible) contribution is appreciated to help defray event costs and also to support the work of the Foundation. For more information, visit the foundation’s website or call 512-340-7320 or 1-888-884-6945.

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 is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. 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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