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SwedishAmerican offers free screenings to prevent sudden cardiac death

November 9, 2011

Staff Report

Sadly, we have all heard and read articles about teens, seemingly in peak athletic condition, who suddenly and shockingly have died during sports activities. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) claims the lives of 30 young adults every week in the United States.

The tragedy of these deaths for families and our communities is amplified when we realize how needless and preventable they are: one-third of these deaths may have been prevented through a simple, inexpensive heart screening.

Midwest Heart Community Foundation, under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Marek, clinical cardiologist with Midwest Heart Specialists, is working to increase awareness of sudden cardiac death in young adults.

The Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program provides free EKG screenings to high school students. The only criteria for the screen is that the student be enrolled in a Boone or Winnebago County high school.

Locally, Dr. Kenneth Brin of Midwest Heart Specialists and SwedishAmerican Health System are offering the screenings at the SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital and SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere.

Upcoming locations and dates are: SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital — Thursday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 7. SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere — Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Times are 6-7:30 p.m., with appointments every 15 minutes.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2011, issue

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