Stu­dent heart screen­ings set

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Heart Hos­pi­tal of Austin is hold­ing free heart screen­ings Satur­day for youths ages 14 to 18 to test for hy­per­trophic car­diomy­opa­thy, a lead­ing cause of sud­den death in young peo­ple.

The screen­ings, from 8 a.m. to noon, are spon­sored by Cham­pi­onship Hearts Foun­da­tion, a non­profit fight­ing heart dis­ease. Any stu­dents who en­gage in stren­u­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ath­letes, cheer­lead­ers, band mem­bers and moun­tain bik­ers, are in­vited to be screened.

Hy­per­trophic car­diomy­opa­thy causes the heart mus­cle to be­come ab­nor­mally thick, mak­ing it harder for the heart to pump blood. The con­di­tion can also af­fect the heart’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem, lead­ing to an er­ratic heart­beat and even car­diac ar­rest, al­though the per­son may not have any symp­toms. Cham­pi­onship Hearts says the con­di­tion is the lead­ing cause of sud­den car­diac death in young peo­ple, oc­cur­ring in about 1 in 500.

Par­ents must sign a waiver for stu­dents to un­dergo the 10-minute screen­ing. Forms are avail­able on the foun­da­tion’s web­site in English and Span­ish, and stu­dents are ad­vised to wear loose-fit­ting shirts.

The screen­ings will be of­fered again Aug. 28 at the same time and place. The Heart Hos­pi­tal is at 38th Street and La­mar Boule­vard. Al­though the screen­ings are free, a $25 do­na­tion is sug­gested.

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