St. David's HealthCare - January 21, 2016

Heart Hospital of Austin is pleased to offer free heart screenings to student athletes, ages 14 through 18, twice each year.

An appointment is required and space is limited. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (512) 478-3627 or visit the Heart Hospital of Austin page.

Screenings include a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, to detect hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

HCM is a serious genetic heart condition in which the heart muscle thickens. HCM—the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes—affects one in 500 student athletes each year, often with no warning or precursory symptoms. The disease is relatively easy to detect, and it can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.

During the heart screening, an EKG and echocardiogram, which take about five minutes each, are used to test heart healthiness, and a cardiologist reviews results immediately after tests are administered.

Heart Hospital of Austin has provided free heart screenings to student athletes each February and August for more than 10 years, screening approximately 6,500 students. This free service is possible thanks to the numerous employees and physicians who volunteer their time to ensure the heart health of youth in our community.

To view footage from a previous heart-screening event, click here.

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