Life-Saving Tests Can Detect Potentially Deadly Heart Conditions in Teens
AUSTIN, Texas—On Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Heart Hospital of Austin offered free heart screenings for students ages 14 through 18 years of age. The screening 427178_10102245398121040_1066521214_n.jpgincluded a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) and a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, to detect Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).
HCM is a serious genetic heart condition in which the heart muscle thickens. It affects one in 500 student athletes every year, often without warning, and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death among young athletes.
“This condition often has no symptoms, but it is relatively easy to detect through these types of medical screenings,” Stanley Wang, M.D., a clinical cardiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin and with Austin Heart, said. “Left undiagnosed and untreated, HCM can be fatal.”
An EKG and echocardiogram, which take about five minutes each, are non-invasive and painless screening tools. Results of the screenings were reviewed by a cardiologist immediately after the tests were administered.
During the event, Heart Hospital of Austin also featured CPR instruction and AED demonstrations for all those who attended the screening event.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named a top cardiovascular hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, most recently being named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2011. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
Austin Heart is the largest provider of cardiac and vascular services in Central Texas, with 12 full-time office locations, 13 outreach clinics and 46 cardiologists. Austin Heart has been serving the Central Texas area since 1973. Austin Heart’s cardiologists sub-specialize in every diagnostic and treatment area of cardiovascular disease, America’s No. 1 killer—interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vein disease, sleep disorders, erectile dysfunction, imaging, women’s cardiovascular health and a nationally recognized research department. To learn more about Austin Heart physicians, or to schedule an appointment, visit AustinHeart.com.