Test helps detect deadly heart condition in teens

Test helps detect deadly heart condition in teens

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 1:08 PM

PORTLAND – It may not sound familiar, but an enlarged heart is the most common cause of death among young athetes. Now, a low-cost screening offered at by local hospital could help save lives.

The screening on Oct. 12 tests for hypertrophic cardio myopathy, a heart condition that can lead to sudden cardiac arrests, especially among young athletes.

It costs just $10, thanks to the David Heller Foundation and Legacy Health.

David Heller died of an enlarged heart in 2005. His parents had no warning that David had the health condition.

"Of course you never think it can happen to you but I think we're proof it can happen when you think it can't," said his mother, Bev Heller.

Heller said the foundation gives her the opportunity to help other kids.

Up to 500 teens will get tested by cardiologists from Randal Children’s Hospital.

The screening takes about an hour. It includes an electrocardiogram, physical measurements and a cardiac physical exam.

To register for the screening, click here.

 

KGW Reporter Kathy Marshall contributed to this report. 

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