Free heart screenings for young athletes
SAN ANTONIO --CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital--Westover Hills and AugustHeart, powered by Championship Hearts Foundation, Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies, will offer FREE heart screenings for student athletes ages 14 - 18, Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 1 to 5 p.m. at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital--Westover Hills, located at 11212 State Highway 151.
Active students who participate in athletics/cheer/drill/dance/band or other strenuous activities are encouraged to get their heart screened for potentially deadly genetic heart conditions such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. It is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
“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. “Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is very difficult to pick up during a physical examination, but is very easy to detect with an echocardiogram.”
The AugustHeart screening includes a 12-lead electrocardiogram and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram, or picture of the heart, to detect Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Both exams 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 screening is made possible in part, by the complementary use of facilities and equipment at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital--Westover Hills and the volunteer time of local cardiologists. More than 12,000 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 encouraged to accompany their student during the tests. Pre-registration is available online at www.augustheart.org. Upon pre-registration you will be given an arrival time for check-in at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital -- Westover Hills KidsSTOP. Free parking is available.
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 download when registering online at: www.augustheart.org. There is no charge for the screening; however, a tax-deductible contribution of $25 is appreciated and helps to fund AugustHeart programming.
For more information, visit www.augustheart.org or call 210-841-9207.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
All-District honors Hornets — District 28-6A baseball (June 29, 2016)
All-District honors Lady Hornets — District 28-6A softball (June 29, 2016)
Jaguars named All-State (June 29, 2016)
Kyle Kincaid earns All State/All Star honor (June 29, 2016)
LV brings home the banner! (June 29, 2016)
Basketball registration is set for June 27-30 (June 22, 2016)
Foster named female athlete of the year (June 22, 2016)
Grizzlies registration deadline is June 25 (June 22, 2016)
Lyssy receives scholarship (June 22, 2016)
Tigers receive All-District honors (June 22, 2016)
Baker continues to excel at Tech (June 15, 2016)
Floresville Jaguar memories from the court (June 15, 2016)
Pirates earn All-District honors (June 15, 2016)
Pirettes receive All-State honors (June 15, 2016)
Sansing medals at Southwest Classic (June 15, 2016)
Bears receive All-District honors (June 8, 2016)
Brahmas baseball all-district honors (June 8, 2016)
Championships will be in Arlington (June 8, 2016)
Daniell signs with Northeast Texas (June 8, 2016)
Donsbach receives academic honor (June 8, 2016)
Hornets baseball All-District honors (June 8, 2016)
Lady Bears receive All-District honors (June 8, 2016)
Lady Mustangs softball All-District honors (June 8, 2016)
Moore signs with Mary Hardin-Baylor (June 8, 2016)
Mustangs receive All-District honors (June 8, 2016)
Pirates baseball All-District honors (June 8, 2016)
Young Pirettes hone softball skills (June 8, 2016)
Former Jaguar graces the field at West Texas A&M (June 1, 2016)
Jaguars receive All-District honors (June 1, 2016)
Sign up for June volleyball tourney (June 1, 2016)
Sign up for tennis clinics this summer (June 1, 2016)