Mercy Health Student Heart Screenings
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Mercy Health's Student Heart Screenings attempt to identify any pre-existing heart conditions that could potentially increase a student's risk during vigorous physical activity and/or athletic competition. High School Student Heart Screenings are a simple five-step process to determine each child's risk level. Your child's records will be reviewed by a cardiologist within a few days. Within 10 days, you will receive either a letter indicating your child is at low risk for heart conditions or will request a follow up visit with a physician.
Mercy Health Student Heart Screenings are FREE and open to any High School student. Each student must have a parent or guardian's consent to undergo the screening. The student must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or be entering 9th grade in the Fall of 2016.
The FREE heart screening is completed in approximately 15 minutes and will consist of the following:
- Station 1: Check in
- Station 2: Healthy Heart Check History Questionnaire review and blood pressure check
- Station 3: 12-lead EKG
- Station 4: Physician review and exam
- Station 5: Echocardiogram, if indicated
New in 2016: Each student heart screening event will include a dietitian, a concussion expert and various Mercy Health staff to answer your questions. In addition, all high school students completing a heart screen will receive a free t-shirt!
2016 Screening Dates (Click to Register)
These forms will need to be completed and signed before your scheduled heart screening, once registered. Each student must have a parent or guardian's consent to undergo the screening. Parents are welcome to accompany their student.
The Mercy Health Student Heart Screening program is made possible by Mercy Health Physician Partners Westshore Cardiology, Mercy Heart Center, and the Mercy Health Athletic Performance Center.
Results and Outcomes
Total high school student hearts screened to date: 3,040
Results to date:
Four (4) at-risk hearts identified (students who were identified with serious heart conditions and referred to cardiologists for care). Over 50% of students screened have presented with borderline or high blood pressure* and were referred to their primary care provider for follow-up care.
*Borderline blood pressure measured between 120/70 – 140/90, High blood pressure measured over 140/90
Read a story and view photos from a screening event in 2014 here >
"I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to EVERYONE involved in the heart screenings for our high school kids. The time that each and every one of you took out of your evenings to offer parents a peace of mind is so appreciated! Thank you so much!!" - Grand Haven mom
"I am in awe at the awesome screening event we attended tonight. I want the Leonard and Fischer families to know that their message to 'get your child screened' was heard by so many. I want to say thank you to all of the organizers, volunteers, staff, and the sponsors of this event. Most of all, I want to say thank you to Wes Leonard and Ryan Fischer. You are still doing good deeds here. You will never be forgotten!" - Grand Haven mom
"Just a quick note to say 'Thank You' to all of the folks who helped last night... what a wonderful program! As a parent, it is a feeling like no other to know my son has a healthy heart... it was organized so well and the process moved efficiently. Thank you again for offering this program. God Bless each of you that worked last night to make this happen!" - North Muskegon mom
"The experience was very positive. It was well organized, quick and still felt caring and compassion from everyone that worked with us. Thank you for having this program. It has put my mind at ease for my daughter playing sports." - Comstock Park mom
In the News
WOOD TV 8 story with results of our screenings so far >
WZZM TV 13 "Love Your Heart" segment featuring Dan West, MD, FACC >
WOOD TV 8 story featuring our cardiologist Dan West, MD, FACC >
WOOD TV 8 story featuring a teen who had his heart screened through our program >
Mlive.com story about the screenings >
The Mercy Health Student Heart Screening program is made possible, in part, through proceeds from The Ride.