Sudden cardiac incidents claim the lives of over 2,000 teenage athletes every year in the United States. The deaths are particularly difficult to deal with because they strike a group that typically thinks they are in the best shape of their lives.
In an effort to address that issue, the doctors and nurses of Mercy Cardiology recently spent an entire day on June 25 providing cardiac screenings for Siouxland area high school athletes. Dr. Mick Hurley, the medical director of Mercy Cardiology, says the cardiac screenings for teen athletes was time well spent.
“Five cardiologists from Mercy Cardiology provided screenings to 151 high school students,” said Dr. Hurley. “We were busy from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon as high school boys and girls from thirty-one Siouxland communities made their way to the Mercy Heart Center on a Saturday.”
Dr. Hurley went on to say, “The athletes and their parents were very grateful to have had this opportunity to visit with a cardiologist and have their questions answered. Physical stress that comes with strenuous exercise can result in tragic consequences. That is why Mercy Cardiology wanted to provide this service to the community.”
Of the 151 student-athletes who were screened, six were determined to have a potential issue requiring follow up. The parents of the athletes were appreciative of the opportunity to have their children be seen by a cardiologist. One mother said the experience was positive from beginning to end. “I brought both my daughters to the screening and they really appreciated how nice the staff was and how they respected their privacy.” The note went on to read, “The staff and doctors were courteous and explained exactly the procedures that were being done. Thanks to Mercy Cardiology for providing this valuable service to Siouxland families.”
The screenings included a mini health history, blood pressure check, an EKG and a limited echocardiogram. Each student, along with their parents or guardians, had a private consultation with one of the doctors from Mercy Cardiology.
Because of the popularity of the athletic screenings, Mercy Cardiology will be conducting additional screening days in the near future. Additional information on dates and times will be released shortly.
For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682