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News: ECHO heart screenings designed for teens 13 to 18

Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram (ECHO) 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 May:

  • 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 6 at Centegra Physician Care-Crystal Lake, 360 Station Drive
  • 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, 4309 Medical Center Drive
  • 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 at Centegra Physician Care-Huntley, 10350 Haligus 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 presence of a parent or guardian at the screening.  Comfortable clothing should be worn for the screening. Visit Centegra Heart & Vascular Diagnostics for more information.

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.

Centegra’s echocardiography labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and recognized for their commitment to high-quality patient care and diagnostic testing.

As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information, visit Centegra Health System, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).