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Metro Health Offers Student Athlete Heart Screenings

Posted: September 4, 2013

Metro Health Sports Medicine and Metro Heart & Vascular will offer free student heart screenings Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The screenings, for students between the ages of 14-18, will be held at Metro Health Cascade, 4300 Cascade Rd. S.E.  To reserve a space, participants should register online at metrohealth.net/heartscreen. For questions, call 616.252.1540. Participation is limited to the first 230 registered student athletes.

Metro Health Hospital Foundation donors have generously provided funding for these screenings. Recognizing the importance of heart health for all ages, the Foundation encourages student athletes and their families to take advantage of these free screenings.

The screening, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, will look for risks of sudden cardiac death. Students will answer general health questions and then receive an EKG.  If the EKG indicates something out of the ordinary, the student will then immediately have an echocardiogram. Physicians with Metro Health Sports Medicine and Metro Heart & Vascular are teaming up to offer the screenings. There will be physicians available to read the EKGs and echocardiograms.

The Wes Leonard Heart Team will also be onsite to provide CPR training and AED education.

About Metro Health Hospital
An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health Hospital serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond. The 208-bed hospital provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, including the fastest emergency department in the region, cancer and cardiac care, robotic and traditional surgery, family practice, sports medicine and others. The LEED-certified hospital – one of the first in the nation – sits at the heart of the 170-acre Metro Health Village, a community of support services and retail. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of its foundation, the Metro Health Farm Market, ongoing classes and educational programs.  Visit us online at www.metrohealth.net. Follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.



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