Centegra offering heart screenings for teens

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram heart screenings designed for teenagers ages 13 to 18. The screening is an ultrasound of the heart that can help detect heart defects and abnormalities, even when no symptoms are present.

These screenings will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Centegra Physician Care locations on the Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit for $85 on the following dates in May:

• May 6 at Centegra Physician Care - Crystal Lake, 360 Station Drive 

• May 15 at Centegra Hospital - McHenry, 4309 Medical Center Drive 

• May 20 at Centegra Physician Care - Huntley, 10350 Haligus Road 

Many active teens do not show symptoms of heart abnormalities yet may be at risk for cardiac arrest or even death. Many cases of sudden cardiac death in teens, especially ages 13 to 18 years old, can be prevented with a proper heart screening.

Heart screening requirements include completion of a prescreening questionnaire, parental or guardian consent and presence of a parent or guardian at the screening. All necessary forms can be found at centegra.org/echo. Bring the prescreening questionnaire to the appointment. Comfortable clothing should be worn for the screening.

Dr. R. David Halstead, a pediatric cardiologist with Centegra Physician Care-McHenry, interprets the screenings. Studies will be read and results mailed to a parent within a week.

For information on Centegra Health System, visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-236-8347.

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