Typically, young athletes think they are in the best possible physical shape of their lives. While that holds true for the great majority, there are those occasions when a high school athlete has a sudden cardiac incident that can strike them down at any moment. Last year, the United States reported 2,000 teen athletes died from sudden cardiac episodes.
Dr. Mick Hurley, the medical director of Mercy Cardiology, says that teenage athletes often time think they are invincible. “If there is an existing issue that has gone undetected,” said Dr. Hurley, “the physical stress that comes with strenuous workouts can result in a tragic event with little or no warning. That is why these early screenings are so important to young athletes.”
On June 25th, the cardiologists of Mercy Cardiology are setting aside a full day to offer screenings to high school athletes from throughout the Siouxland area.
The screenings will be conducted at the Mercy Heart Center at 801 5th Street and will include a mini-history, blood pressure check, an EKG and a limited echocardiogram. Following those tests, the athletes and their parents or guardians will have a consultation with one of the cardiologists 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 for teen athletes, 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 (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682