Student athletes given heart exams

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 11:01am

Central High School hosted an event on Wednesday night that was aimed at preventing sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes.

Dr. Stephen Kelley, along with the Jump Start Your Heart Organization and Emergency Medical Services, conducted heart health tests on student athletes.

The most common cause of sudden death among young athletes happens when the heart is thickened and enlarged. This problem can be found by an electrocardiogram, followed by an ultrasound of the heart for diagnosis.

"The main thing is that we want to detect it before it manifests itself,” stated Kelley. “We're able to image the heart to make sure there are no abnormalities of the heart from the screening, and if there is, we'd make sure these students get referred for further evaluation.”

Dr. Kelly and his team were also back at Central High on Thursday from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

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