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Teen heart screening takes place at Marysville High School

Published on Friday, July 21, 2017
Port Huron, MI – McLaren Port Huron and the McLaren Port Huron Foundation Marysville Community Healthy Team will hold a free teen heart screening Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Marysville High School.  The screening is open to Marysville High School students.  A parent or legal representative is required to attend the screening with their student.

Each year, approximately 100 young athletes die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  That number is likely much higher as there is not a formal registry tracking SCA deaths.  The purpose of this screening is to identify any heart conditions associated with SCA in students who participate in vigorous physical activities, including sports.  All examination stations are staffed with medical professionals.

The Teen Heart Screening follows the American Heart Association recommendations for teen athletes, including:
•    Heart Health Questionnaire
         –    Personal history questions
         –    Family history questions
•    Examination Stations
         –    Arm blood pressure both arms
         –    Examination of pulses – arm and groin
         –    Evaluation of heart sounds
         –    Examination for features of Marfan syndrome
•    ECG (EKG) if indicated and will be performed on site

This free program is open to Marysville High School students. Pre-registration is required and a parent or legal representative must accompany the student. Participants will receive the heart health questionnaire upon registration. To register, call HealthAccess at (800) 228-1484 or visit www.mclaren.org/phteenheart.

A very informative video about SCA is available through Marysville High School’s M6 television studio.  It features Dr. Ajay Krishen, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist with Cardiology Associates of Port Huron (who will be on-hand for the screening.) To view the video, visit www.mclaren.org/phteenheart and scroll to the bottom of the page.