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News: ECHO heart screenings for teens offered in January, February

Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram (ECHO) heart screenings designed for teens 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 January and February:

  • 3:40 to 6:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at Centegra Physician Care-Crystal Lake, 360 Station Dr.
  • 3:40 to 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Centegra Physician Care-Huntley, 10350 Haligus Rd.
  • 3:40 to 6:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 at Centegra Physician Care-Spring Grove, 1906 Holian Dr.
  • 3:40 to 6:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Centegra Physician Care-Woodstock, 3707 Doty Rd.
  • 3:40 to 6:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at Centegra Physician Care-Crystal Lake, 360 Station Dr.

Many active teenagers 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 teenagers, especially ages 13 to 18 years old, can be prevented with a proper heart screening.

ECHO heart screening requirements include completion of the pre-screening questionnaire, parental or guardian consent and presence of a parent or guardian at the screening. The pre-screening questionnaire should be presented during 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 the 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.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and the widely anticipated Centegra Hospital–Huntley slated for opening in 2016.

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 on Centegra Health System, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).