Longview Regional Medical Center to give free teen heart screenings

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – The Longview Regional Medical Center will give free heart screenings for those between 14 and 18 years old from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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The event will be held at the hospital’s Outpatient Surgery/Surgical Service Entrance between 707 and 709 Hollybrook Drive and parking will be available in the garage off Hollybrook Drive on the southwest side of the hospital.

For over nine years, the hospital has hosted free teen heart screenings with the Championship Hearts Foundation and encourage all student athletes, cheerleaders, band members, drill team or anyone who participates in strenuous sports to get their heart screened for possible deadly genetic conditions.

The free screening will include a limited two-dimensional echocardiogram to detect Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and a 12-lead electrocardiogram. These non-invasive procedures would typically cost over $700.

“Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic heart condition that usually doesn’t impair physical activity, but it can possess an increased risk for a potentially fatal rhythm problem that could happen right on the playing field,” Regional Clinics cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Greifenkamp said. “HCM can be difficult to diagnose during a physical examination, but is very easily detected with an echocardiogram.”

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Students need a signed parental waiver to get a screening. The waiver will be available in person and online. Students are also encouraged to pre-register for the event online or by calling 888-884-6945. To pre-register for the event or to print a parental waiver visit the Championship Hearts Foundation online.

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