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Centegra offers ECHO heart screenings

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 detect heart defects and abnormalities, even when there are no symptoms.

Screenings will be done for $85 at Centegra Physician Care locations on the Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit. They are from 4 to 7 p.m.:

• Monday at Centegra Physician Care – Spring Grove, 1906 Holian Drive.

• Dec. 5 at Centegra Physician Care – Crystal Lake, 360 Station Drive.

• Dec. 10 at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, 4309 Medical Center Drive.

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. Forms can be found at centegra.org/echo. The pre-screening questionnaire should be brought to the appointment. Comfortable clothing should be worn.

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

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

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