Mercy Health Physician Partners West Shore Cardiology and Mercy Health Heart Center hosted their final student heart screening before the 2017-2018 school year at the Youngberg Auditorium on Mercy Health Hackley Campus on Wednesday, August 23. Free and open to students in grades 9-12, the event successfully screened 101 students. In total, 591 students were screened at the five events held this year.
Heart screenings are a quick method for identifying pre-existing heart conditions that could increase a student’s risk of complications during physical activity and/or athletic competition. However, students do not have to be athletes or participate in sports to undergo the screening.
The screenings are completed in approximately 15 minutes and consist of a heart history questionnaire, blood pressure check, 12-Lead EKG, physician exam and, if necessary, an echocardiogram. Students from many schools across Michigan registered for this year’s screening, including the following, with the highest participation:
- Grand Haven: 14%
- Mona Shores: 9%
- Reeths Puffer: 8%
- Muskegon Catholic Central: 6%
- Spring Lake: 6%
- Oakridge: 5%
Since 2012, several heart screenings have been hosted each year. Mercy Health has screened a total of 4,227 high school students and diagnosed several at-risk students with a serious heart condition.
A special thanks to the numerous Mercy Health colleagues who volunteer for this event and continue to make it a success.