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Centegra to offer ECHO heart screenings for teens

McHENRY – Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram heart screenings designed for teenagers ages 13 to 18.

The screening is an ultrasound of the heart that can help detect heart defects and abnormalities, even when no symptoms are present.

These screenings will take place at the Centegra Physician Care locations on the Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit for $85 on the following dates in November:

• 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Centegra Physician Care-Crystal Lake, 360 Station Drive.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Centegra Physician Care-Huntley, 10350 Haligus Road.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Centegra Physician Care-Woodstock, 3707 Doty Road.

Many active teens do not show symptoms of heart abnormalities yet may be at risk for cardiac arrest or even death.

Many cases of sudden cardiac death in teens, especially ages 13 to 18 years old, can be prevented with a proper heart screening.

ECHO heart screening requirements include completion of a pre-screening questionnaire, parental or guardian consent, and the presence of a parent or guardian at the screening. All necessary forms can be found at centegra.org/echo. Participants should bring the pre-screening questionnaire to the appointment. Comfortable clothing should be worn for the screening.

Dr. R. David Halstead, a pediatric cardiologist with Centegra Physician Care – McHenry, interprets the ECHO heart screenings. Studies will be read and results mailed to a parent within one week.

For information on Centegra Health System, visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-236-8347.

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