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Centegra offers heart health screenings

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Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram heart screenings designed for teens age 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.

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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:

• 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Centegra Physician Care-Spring Grove, 1906 Holian Drive.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Centegra Physician Care-Huntley, 10350 Haligus Road.

• 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Centegra Physician Care-Woodstock, 3707 Doty 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, 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. All necessary forms can be found at centegra.org/echo. Bring the pre-screening questionnaire to 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 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.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the health care 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 more.

For more information on Centegra Health System, visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call (877) CENTEGRA (236-8347).

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