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June officially kicks off the summer months and for thousands of young athletes, an intense schedule of practice, games and tournaments. While often times the health and vigor of young athletes is taken for granted, each year a number of adolescents suffer from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). The leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes, HCM affects approximately 1 in 500 student athletes. While it’s often hard to diagnose HCM without proper screening, some of the symptoms include:

  1. Shortness of breath)
  2. Chest Pain
  3. Heart palpitations
  4. Light-headedness
  5. Fatigue

As daunting as the possibility of HCM can be St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is here to help. On June 14, we will be hosting a seminar discussing The Importance of Adolescent Heart Screening at the St. David’s Round Health and Wellness Center at the CHASCO YMCA. Come learn the symptoms, risks and what you can do to protect your child through screening. As an added benefit, St. David’s Round Rock is hosting a FREE Adolescent Heart Screening on July 14th for children between the ages of 14-18. Sign up for both of these by calling 512-478-3627. We hope to see you there!

Holly Krivokapich
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
Health and Wellness Coordinator

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