Teen Heart Health Screening 8/24/13
CBS 7 News
August 24, 2013
People often overlook the fact that heart health is important at all ages, especially for athletes.
Two to three percent of young adults have heart conditions that could potentially be life threatening but, with football season right around the corner, Midland Memorial Hospital is being proactive about screening the athletes to make sure they're game-day ready.
Midland Memorial Hospital teamed up with Championship Hearts Foundation to offer free heart screenings to children ages 14-18.
The basic height, weight, and blood pressure measurements were taken but this screening went deeper. Deep enough to see the inner workings of the heart.
"What we do is look at the echo-cardiogram to see if there's any enlargement of the heart which can be associated with sudden death syndromes," says volunteer cardiologist Dr. Michael Miller.
With EKGs and ECHOs doctors are able to measure the rhythm of heartbeats and they even take a sonogram to check the structure of the heart.
Sixteen-year old Cruz Travis and his three brothers took part in today's free screening.
"I wanted to get my heart checked to see if I was healthy," says Travis.
"Thickening of the heart muscle....that's the thing we're most concerned about and yours looks completely normal," Miller told Travis during his screening.
Travis, who plays three sports, says he's really happy about his results.
"We are giving instant results back to those families so they're walking out the door with results the day of the test," says Michelle Garcia, Executive Director of Championship Hearts Foundation.
Now athletes like Travis and their parents can rest easy knowing that when they hit the field, it's with a clean bill of health.
For more information about Championship Hearts Foundation, visit their website at