Record Number of Students Participate in Free Heart Screening

Mercy Health Physician Partners West Shore Cardiology and Mercy Health Heart Center hosted a record-setting student heart screening on July 18 in the Youngberg Auditorium on Mercy Health Hackley Campus. Free and open to students in grades 9-12, the event successfully screened 141 students.

Heart screenings are a quick method for identifying pre-existing heart conditions that could increase a student’s risk of complications during physical activity and/or athletic competition. However, students do not have to be athletes or participate in sports to undergo the screening.

The 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.

Since 2012, several heart screenings have been hosted each year. Mercy Health has screened nearly 4,500 high school students and diagnosed several at-risk students with a serious heart condition.

A special thanks to the numerous Mercy Health colleagues who volunteer for this event and continue to make it a success!

The next student heart screenings will take place August 8 & 22.

To register & access health history questionnaire and consent form: www.MercyHealth.com/StudentHeart

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