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Greater Chicago - Centegra Health System offers ECHO heart screenings for teens

Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram (ECHO) heart screenings designed for teens 13 to 18 years old in McHenry County, IL. The screening is an ultrasound of the heart that can help detect heart defects and abnormalities, even when no symptoms are present.
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 years old, can be prevented with a proper heart screening.

The 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:
• 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

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 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.

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