Mercy Health offers heart screenings for teens

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Mercy Health Muskegon is continuing to host free heart screenings for teens.

There will be six heart screening events in the coming months at the Mercy Health Hackley Campus Youngberg Auditorium, located at 1700 Clinton Street in Muskegon:

  • Wednesday, March 18
  • Wednesday, April 15
  • Wednesday, May 13
  • Wednesday, July 15
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19

Each of the events runs from 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Organizers say the screenings take about 15 minutes and include a blood pressure check, EKG, review by a doctor and echocardiogram if necessary. Doctors will check test results and send letters to families of students who may need additional testing.

The goal of a screening is to find undiagnosed heart conditions that could lead to a medical episode during physical activity. In 2011, Fennville High School student Wes Leonard collapsed and died of an undiagnosed heart condition after making the winning shot during a basketball game. Just last year, Grandville High School student Ryan Fischer died in his sleep of a similar condition.

The screenings are free and open to high school students. A parent or guardian must consent to the screening. More information and registration is available online.

>>Online: Register for a screening

The hospital also hosted heart screenings last year.

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