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St. Isidore Health Ministry, in partnership with St. John Providence Ascension Health, is pleased to offer FREE heart checks for students aged 13-19, which are not generally covered during annual or sports physicals. (Adults are also welcome to be screened, permitting availability). The St. John Providence Heart and Vascular Mobile Screening Center will be onsite on Sunday, June 9, 9:00am-1:00pm, in the Romeo Plank parking lot. Appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes, and space is limited, so please call the church office 586.286.1700 to make your appointment.
What does the screening include?
- Medical Health Assessment: Brief survey about current health and family history
- Blood Pressure: The blood pressure is a very important screening since high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, therefore it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Body Mass Index (BMI): BMI is the measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both men and women. A high BMI can mean there is a higher risk of certain health problems.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG): A simple, noninvasive procedure whereby electrodes are placed on the skin of the chest and connected to a machine that measures electrical activity of the heart. EKG is used to detect abnormal heart rhythms.
- Echocardiogram (quick look echo – if clinically indicated): An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart used to assess the heart’s function and structures.
What are the benefits of this program?
- Delivers a great health benefit at no additional expense
- Allows students to be screened in one location and eliminates travel time
- Enhancement of the required student athletic physical that may detect disease of the heart muscle and may prevent heart failure in active youth
How is it determined if the student needs an Echocardiogram (quick look echo)? If the EKG shows an abnormality after being read by the St. John Providence physician, the parent and/or legal guardian will be notified to schedule a follow-up screen with the mobile screening center.
The screening results are mailed to the patient’s or legal guardian within 30 days. The information will not be shared with staff unless a waiver is signed by the parent. It is encouraged that the results be shared with the patient’s primary care physician/pediatrician.