On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Mercy Health Heart and Vascular held its first student heart screening for the year at the Youngberg Auditorium on Mercy Health Hackley Campus. Free and open to students in grades 9-12, the event successfully screened 111 students.
Especially exciting was the large presence of local school children, from some of the following schools:
- Mona Shores
- Grand Haven
- West Michigan Christian
- Spring Lake
Heart screenings are a simple, quick method to identifying pre-existing heart conditions that could increase a student’s risk of complications during physical activity and/or athletic competition. Since 2012, Mercy Health has screened a total of 3,747 high school students and diagnosed several at-risk students with a serious heart condition, while also identifying over 50% of students with borderline or high blood pressure.
Heart screenings are completed in approximately 15 minutes and consist of a heart history questionnaire, blood pressure check, 12-Lead EKG, physician exam and, if necessary, an echocardiogram.
A special thanks to the numerous Mercy Health colleagues who take the time to volunteer for this event and continue to make it a success.
The next Student Heart Screening is set for Wednesday, April 26.
To register your student for an upcoming heart screening or for more information, please visit www.MercyHealth.com/StudentHeart.