Typically, young athletes think they are in the best possible physical shape of their lives. While that holds true for the great majority of young men and women, there are those rare occasions when a high school or collegiate athlete has a sudden cardiac incident that can have tragic consequences. This summer, the physicians of Mercy Cardiology conducted a day-long screening of high school athletes to check their cardiac health. Over 150 young men and women from Siouxland took advantage of that opportunity. Due to a strong demand Mercy Cardiology will be conducting another cardiac screening day for athletes on Saturday, November 5. This screening day will include both high school and collegiate athletes.
Dr. Mick Hurley, the medical director of Mercy Cardiology, says young athletes are usually in the best shape of their lives and think they are invincible. “If an athlete has an undetected issue the physical stress that comes with strenuous workouts can result in a tragic event with little or no warning,” says Dr. Hurley. “A cardiac screening that includes a consultation with a cardiologist can be an important step in insuring that young athlete’s health and safety.”
The November 5th screenings will be conducted at the Mercy Heart Center at 801 5th Street and will include:
· Mini-health history
· Blood pressure check
· Limited echocardiogram
· Consultation with a cardiologist from Mercy Cardiology
The cost of the screening is only $20 and appointments are required. You can pre-register by calling the Mercy Heart Center at 712-279-2054. Because of the popularity of the cardiac screening, it is anticipated that the event will fill up quickly, so early registration is suggested.
For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Communications
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682