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posted: 11/12/2012 7:37 AM

Centegra offers heart screenings for teens

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Submitted by Centegra Health System

Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram 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 these dates in November: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Centegra Physician Care-Huntley, 10350 Haligus Road, and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Centegra Physician Care-Woodstock, 3707 Doty Road.

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.

All necessary forms can be found online at Bring the pre-screening questionnaire to the appointment and wear comfortable clothing.

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.