Thursday, September 10, 2009

1000 HS Athletes To Get Free Screening To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

Nine local school districts to participate in free screening by Finger Lakes Health for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), the leading cause of sudden cardiac failure in young athletes.

The free screening is Saturday at the Geneva Community Center on 160 Carter Road. If your school district isn’t participating Finger Lakes Health will accept up to 300 walk-ins. It's for students in 7th through 12th grades. If you haven't pre-registered, you must be there between 9 and 10 AM to sign up.

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SCATS ~~ Given the location, I suspect Greece isn't participating in this. Does GCSD screen athletes for HCM? Can you afford not to know?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is an idea, take your child to YOUR doctor to find out.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can get every athelete a school bus ride to the doctor of their choice. We take em' anywhere else they want to go!

Diane said...

We have a great after-hours clinic right here in Greece..I wonder why they don't do it there. First choice should be regular check ups with child's own physician.

Anonymous said...

We're already paying for some pricey sports docs and rehab specialists for these teams. Of course no one talks about that!

Diane said...

Just curious: before an athlete can participate in a sport, isn't a doctor's note with a check up required?

SCATS said...

To Diane ~~ I believe the district provides those "exams." I'm certain that a diagnostic exam, echocardiogram maybe, is needed to uncover HCM or similar conditions. They aren't routinely done for sports exams.