Free heart screenings available

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Championship Hearts Foundation are teaming up to provide free heart screenings for student-athletes ages 14-18.

The event is set for 8 a.m. to noon April 14.

Participants should allow a minimum of 45 minutes for the screening — from time of registration to check out. All screenings will be conducted at the main hospital, located at 3000 N. Interstate 35 in Denton.

Active students who participate in athletics, cheerleading, marching band, drill team or other strenuous sports are encouraged to get their heart screened for possible deadly genetic heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

The Championship Hearts screening includes a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram (ECHO) (picture of the heart) to detect HCM — the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Both the ECG and ECHO are non-invasive and painless and are valued over $700. Results of the screening are immediate.

Students must have a signed parental waiver in order to receive the heart screening. That waiver will be available at the event and is also available to print from the Championship Hearts website,

There is no charge for the screening; however, a tax-deductible contribution is appreciated to help defray event costs and to support the work of the foundation. For more information, visit the foundation’s website or call 512-340-7320 or 888-884-6945.

— Staff report

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