Free heart screenings for student athletes

2013-10-17T00:00:00Z Free heart screenings for student athletes Times Staff nwitimes.com
October 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LAPORTE | In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital is offering free heart screenings to student athletes on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Screenings are offered to area high school students, ages 15 and older, at the following times:

3 to 7 tonight; 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24; 48 to p.m. Oct. 29 and 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 2.

A limited number of free screenings will be performed at the IU Health LaPorte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 E. Lincolnway, Suite 102, in LaPorte. Registration is required by calling (219) 326-2309. In addition, students must have signed parental consent and not be under the care of a physician for any cardiac-related conditions.

Student athletes will be screened with an electrocardiogram and limited echocardiogram. The specialized tests, which take about 15 minutes, help identify any possible structural abnormalities within the cardiovascular system that may lead to premature cardiac arrest, screening organizers said.

In addition, IU Health LaPorte Hospital cardiologists and specialists will present heart and vascular education on Monday at the LaPorte High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. for freshman/sophomore parents and 7 p.m. for junior/senior parents.

For those unable to attend the free screenings, the “Heart Cart for High Schools” program offers similar screenings through the hospital’s Heart Cart Mobile Screening Unit in partnership with The Foundation, in support of IU Health LaPorte Hospital. “Heart Cart for High Schools” screenings are offered at a discounted rate of $50. Students will be screened for cholesterol, blood sugar, electrocardiogram and limited echocardiogram. Call (219) 326-2626.

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