Mercy Health High School Student Heart Screenings
Mercy Health's High School Student Heart Screenings attempt to identify any pre-existing heart conditions that could potentially increase a student's risk of complications during vigorous physical activity and/or athletic competition. High School Student Heart Screenings are simple a 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 a request for a follow up visit with a physician.
Mercy Health High School 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 and born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2001.
The 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: Echocardiogram (if indicated)
- Station 5: Check out
Spring and Summer 2014 Dates
Heart screenings will be held at the Mercy Health Hackley Campus Youngberg Auditorium from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:
Our Student Heart Screenings are full for 2014. We are taking information for a waiting list and as we get cancelations, we'll contact those on the list on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sign up for the waiting list here >
These forms will need to be completed and signed before your scheduled heart screening, once registered.
The Mercy Health Student Athlete Heart Screening program is made possible by Westshore Cardiology, Mercy Heart Center, and the Mercy Health Muskegon Athletic Performance Center.
"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
Watch a WOOD TV 8 story featuring our cardiologist Dan West, MD, FACC and the teen who inspired our screening program:
Watch a WOOD TV 8 story featuring a teen who had his heart screened through our program >
Read a Mlive.com story about the screenings here >