Texas Health Allen to Offer Free Heart Screening Event for Teen Athletes|
ALLEN, Texas — Most athletes, particularly teenagers, don’t worry about their heart health. But some teens may have a dangerous heart condition lurking that shows no symptoms. That’s why Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is reaching out to athletes and their parents about a free heart screening event from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a heart condition that affects about 1 in 500 people and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people.
To help screen for HCM, Texas Health Allen and Championship Hearts Foundation are teaming up to provide free heart screenings for student athletes ages 14 to 18. The event will be held at the hospital.
Participants should allow a minimum of an hour for the screening — from time of registration to check out. All screenings will be conducted at the main hospital, located at 1105 Central Expressway North in Allen. 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. Clyde Sullivan, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen. “Because it is most easily detected with an echocardiogram we hope many area students will come to the screening to be tested.”
The Championship Hearts screening includes a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram (ECHO), a picture of the heart, to detect HCM. Both the ECG and ECHO are non-invasive and painless and are valued over $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 Allen 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 sign up is currently open at 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.
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