GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) If you are the parent of a student athlete, getting a yearly sports physical is pretty routine. But there is a more advanced test you need to consider to make sure your son or daughter has a healthy heart.
Dr. Ronald VanderLaan of Grand Rapids Cardiology says some students and young adults may be more prone to sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for student athletes. One in 300 students have congenital heart disease.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs
- Fainting or seizures during exercise, stressful situations
- Unexplained death of a family member under age 50
- Unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness
- Unusually rapid heart rate
The screening is not invasive. Doctors will review the patient’s medical history and perform a physical exam and EKG. The test looks for any abnormality in the heart.
Grand Rapids Cardiology is performing a series of student heart screenings leading up to the school year. The test is $35. Call (616) 717-5141 or register online to make an appointment.
- Wednesday, July 20, 4 – 7 p.m.
- Thursday, August 4, 1 – 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 17, 4 – 7 p.m.
Grand Rapids Cardiology
1900 Wealthy Street, Suite 380
East Grand Rapids, MI