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St. Francis offers free cardiac screenings for student-athletes

Student-athletes can get free cardiac screenings Feb. 3

Student-athletes can get free cardiac screenings Feb. 3 in South Huntington. Photo Credit: iStock

St. Francis Hospital is going mobile to provide free cardiac screenings on Feb. 3 at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. This is the first time the program, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary, will be providing screenings off-site to high school student-athletes in grades 9-12. The goal is to detect and assess potential cardiac abnormalities that may put a strain on an athlete’s heart, particularly when he or she is engaged in strenuous physical activity.

“Over the last six years, we have screened nearly 1,400 students in our local community, and over 100 abnormalities have been identified, some of which have had lifesaving consequences,” says Dr. Sean Levchuck, chair of Pediatric Cardiology at St. Francis and director of the program. “We look forward to further expanding our efforts to this new venue.”

The screening includes an exam, EKG and echocardiogram. Levchuck will evaluate the results at the time of each student’s screening.

Student-athletes are required to preregister in advance for the screening. For more information about the program, call 516-629-2013 and visit stfrancisheartcenter.com to download a health history form.

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