September 4, 2007–DETROIT–The "7's Health Edge Heart Check" program is a new screening program offered by Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy Michigan to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports. The screening program combines a simple health history and noninvasive screening to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects approximately one in 500 people, and does not usually have any symptoms. The stress on the heart during strenuous activities puts our student athletes at higher risk for sudden death.
Screenings will be offered to student athletes on September 18 at no charge as a community benefit. Students will go through a short 5-minute screening that will include a review of the health history questionnaire that is completed at home. They will have their blood pressure checked and an electrocardiogram (ECG) will be performed. A cardiologist will evaluate each student. The doctor will listen to the student’s heart and may choose to take a quick echocardiogram, a noninvasive picture of the heart.
Data collected may be used by researchers at Beaumont Hospital to add to the scientific knowledge of SCA in young athletes. The data will be reported anonymously. Student privacy and confidentiality will be maintained.
For more information, call 1-800-633-7377 or visit www.beaumonthospitals.com