Local teens who participate in school and community sports can be screened
for potentially fatal genetic heart conditions on Saturday, October 14,
from 8 am to noon at St. John’s Medical Center.
Medical studies suggest the value of a heart screening at around age 15
for youth involved in athletics.
At the clinics, high school athletes ages 14-18 are screened for genetic
conditions, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition that
usually goes undetected. It can be difficult to pick up HCM during a routine
sports examination but very easily detected during the painless tests
offered during the clinic. Unless cardiac symptoms or history are present
(in which case your pediatrician can refer you to a cardiologist for a
full work up), a heart screening at around age 15 is all that is needed.
Students who participated in the heart screening last year do not need
to do it again.
The screening includes a 12-lead ECG and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram
(echo or ultrasound of the heart) to detect HCM, the leading cause of
sudden cardiac death in young athletes. These tests are not included in
standard pre-participation sports physical examinations. Both the ECG
and echo are noninvasive, painless and can be quite expensive. Due to
support from the St. John's Hospital Foundation and Shirley’s
Heart Run, St. John's is able to provide this screening at no charge
to families. St. John’s is pleased to have Teton County School District
as a program participant.
If the screening indicates that additional testing is necessary, St. John's
Medical Center is working with Primary Children's Hospital in Salt
Lake City, UT, for follow up care.
Dr. William Mullen of St. John’s Cardiology,
Dr. Ellen Gallant, and
Dr. Jason Su and cardiology residents from the University of Utah Health, volunteered
their time to help with the clinic. Dr. Su, who is on the medical staff
at St. John’s Medical Center, has a general pediatric cardiology
clinic at Primary Children’s and treats children with all forms
of congenital cardiovascular disease. His specialty is in noninvasive
imaging, specifically cardiac MRI, fetal echocardiography, and 3D echocardiography.
To sign up for a screening, go to
www.tetonhospital.org/teenheart. Teens and adults interested in volunteering for the event may sign up
there as well.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307 739 7380,
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