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Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

10/08/2013

Genesys Heart Institute conducts free student heart screenings Oct. 12

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Genesys Heart Institute will conduct free heart screenings for students ages 12 to 19, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center, located at 420 S. Saginaw Street.
Every year, students die from sudden cardiac arrest. These deaths can be caused by abnormal heart structure or abnormal heart rhythms. Routine sports physical exams do not include cardiac-specific screening.

The screening at Genesys will help to identify any pre-existing heart conditions and any signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects about one in 500 individuals and rarely shows any symptoms. Please note: the screenings do not replace a thorough pre-activity evaluation by the student's family physician.

The heart screening at Genesys will include the following:

  • a review of the student's health history questionnaire (questionnaire can be found on line as part of the registration process)
  • a blood pressure check
  • a physician evaluation
  • an electrocardiogram (ECG - a non-invasive test performed with the student at rest - it maps the rate, rhythm and function of the heart)
  • a Vscan quick-look echocardiogram (shows a picture of the heart)

Pre-registration is necessary. To sign up, go to www.genesys.org/student heartscreenings, or call 1-855-GENESYS (1-855-436-3797). Time slots will fill quickly. Please remember to bring all registration materials with you when you arrive for the screening.

Free parking is available in the flat lot across the street from Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center.

Financial support for the student heart screenings was made possible through funds from the annual Genesys Heart Institute's Affair of the Heart gala held in February.

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