Longview hospital holding free heart screenings for youth

Longview hospital holding free heart screenings for youth
Health care

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview Regional Medical Center is holding a free heart screening event for youth ages 14 to 18.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Longview Regional Medical Center, 2901 N. Fourth St. in Longview. The event will be held at the Outpatient Surgery/Surgical Service Entrance.

This is the hospital’s sixth year to host the event. More than 2,5000 teens have participated free of charge, according to a news release from the hospital. The hospital partners with the nonprofit organization Championship Hearts Foundation to host the event.

The screening includes a 12-lead electrocardiogram and limited two-dimensional echocardiogram, which are used to detect symptoms that could lead to cadiac death.

“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.”

Results of the screening are immediate.

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