Heart Screenings Provide Peace of Mind for Parents in Areas Served by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton|
DENTON, Texas — Fifteen-year-old Morghan Tischler recently participated in a free heart screening. It gave her parents some peace of mind.
“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.
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