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Beaumont to offer free student heart checks

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 14:34:45-05

Cardiologists from Beaumont Health System will perform heart screenings for students on December 12.

The free heart checks will be offered for free to area high school students and will performed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Anchor Bay High School at 6319 County Line Rd. in Fair Haven. 

While the screenings are free of charge, registration is required. To register visit beaumont.edu/student-screening.

Beaumont is partnering with 97.1 The Ticket to screen students. The screenings take about an hour and include a medical check, blood pressure check, an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and an ultrasound image of the heart.

“One of the most serious conditions we’re looking for through the Student Heart Check screening is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a common cause of death in young athletes. This is a condition where the walls of the heart are abnormally thick. Not only can this thickness cause blockage of the blood flow of the heart, but it can also put them at risk for life-threatening heart rhythm problems, including sudden cardiac death. As a doctor and a mother, we don’t want to see your child, friend or neighbor have one of these sudden events,” says Pediatric cardiologist, Nancy Cutler, M.D.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the single most common cause of death among U.S. athletes.