Free heart screenings will be offered Saturday for area youths
Updated 9:42 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017
AugustHeart, a nonprofit that seeks to identify several heart problems in teens to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death, is holding free heart screenings on Saturday at Alamo Statdium, 110 Tuleta Drive, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
High school athletes are especially encouraged to take the heart tests since their bodies are often pushed to higher levels of exertion, putting more stress on the heart. Underlying heart abnormalities, some without any visible symptoms, can go undetected by standard physical exams.
The simple, non-invasive tests are performed by certified sonographers and technicians. The screenings include a measure of height and weight, a modified electrocardiogram, and, if necessary, a limited echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound picture of the heart. All data collected related to the heart screen is reviewed by a board certified pediatric or adult cardiologist, to ensure accuracy.
The 20-minute screenings focus on five of the most common cardiac conditions that predispose a young person to sudden cardiac death. Upon review, any teen having an abnormal screen may be offered the opportunity to undergo a more thorough evaluation, so that a plan for care can be established.
For more information or to sign up for the screening, visit www.augustheart.org/screenings or call (210) 841-9207.