Saturday: Hurley offers free heart-screenings for student-athletes

Posted: October 31, 2011 by Jared Field in High School

Student-athletes: Please take the time to consider attending this free screening program at Hurley Medical Center’s School of Nursing on Saturday.

As many of you know, a Swartz Creek High School basketball player nearly lost his life last week after collapsing in an open gym. He was fortunate to have fast-acting coaches who knew exactly what to do in the gym. Far too often that is not the case. Please take this seriously.

From Hurley:

The screening program was developed by Beaumont Hospital for students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports. Our Hurley Teen Health Check Student Heart Screening Program combines a simple health history and noninvasive screening to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This is a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects approximately one in 500 people, and does not usually have any symptoms. The stress on the heart during strenuous activities puts our students at higher risk for sudden death.

Hurley Medical Center is offering this screening FREE OF CHARGE to mid-Michigan students on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  The event will be held at Hurley Medical Center, School of Nursing.  You must pre-register to participate.  PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR SCHOOLS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS and CHURCH MEMBERS.

Students will undergo a quick screening that will include a review of the health history questionnaire that you will need to complete at home. They will have their blood pressure checked and an electrocardiogram (ECG) will be performed. A cardiologist will evaluate each student. The doctor will listen to the student’s heart and may choose to take a quick echocardiogram, a noninvasive picture of the heart.

To participate in the Hurley Teen Health Check Heart Screening Program you will need to complete the attached paperwork (see link) and return it with your child on the day of the screening.

If forms are missing or incomplete, we will be unable to screen your child.

The Forms Are:

1. Completed Student/Family Health History Questionnaire signed by both a parent and the student

2. Consent to Treatment Form signed by a parent

3. Hospital’s Photo/Video Consent

CLICK HERE FOR FORMS – https://infosource.hurleymc.com/intranet/flyers/Teen_Heart_Health_Packet.pdf

The data we collect may be used by researchers at Hurley Medical Center and Beaumont Hospital to add to the scientific knowledge of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes. The data will be reported anonymously. Student privacy and confidentiality will be maintained.

PRE-Registration for the screening is required.

To register, please call 810-262-9260 and press option #1.

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