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2011 HCM Screening

Free Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Screening for Area Youth -- Saturday, March 5, 2011

Finger Lakes Health(FLH) is proud to offer a non-invasive heart screening to local 7-12th graders. This is the second heart screening event sponsored by FLH and includes the completion of a health risk questionnaire, blood pressure reading, EKG and limited echocardiogram (heart ultrasound). The screening's primary focus is on detecting Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Dr. Joe Gomez, Chief of Cardiology at Finger Lakes Health and Debra Dhondt, RN, RDCS cardiology coordinator at Geneva General Hospital, are leading a team of Finger Lakes Health professionals in coordinating this lifesaving screening.  

Approximately 500 students were screened at our September 2009 event, the largest screening ever conducted in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)?

What are the odds my child has this?

When is the screening? Where?

What age group are you screening?

Can I bring my teenager to the screening or do they have to go with their school?

Is it free?

  


 What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)?

HCM is a genetic disorder meaning it is passed on in families from generation to generation. This screening is in partnership with the Anthony Bates Foundation and is the first screening the Foundation has conducted in New York State. HCM is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. 

 

What are the odds my child has this?

HCM is a common condition, found in one out of every five hundred individuals. HCM causes a portion of the heart muscle to become thickened. While the majority of those afflicted will remain symptom free, in periods of intense physical activity, HCM's first and only manifestation can be cardiac arrest. Almost as tragic is the fact that HCM can be detected with a simple screening strategy.

 

When is the screening? Where?

The HCM Screening will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 9am - 4pm at the Geneva Community Center, located at 160 Carter Road in Geneva, a 1/4 mile north of Geneva High School.


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What age group are you screening?

The target population for the Finger Lakes Health HCM Screening will be children from the 7th to 12th grade. Participating schools districts and their assigned screening times include:

9:00 a.m.  -  Penn Yan / Dundee

10:00 a.m.  -  Geneva

11:00 a.m.  -  Midlakes / Clyde Savannah

12:00 p.m.  -  DeSales

1:00 p.m.  -  Romulus / South Seneca / Marcus Whitman

2:00 p.m.  -  Waterloo / Mynderse

 Can I bring my teenager to the screening or do they have to go with their school?

There will be a limited number of walk-in slots available. All walk-ins must pre-register on site between 9 -10 a.m. The walk-in time slots will then be assigned throughout the day. A parent or guardian must provide their signature to authorize screening.

Is it free?

There will be no charge for the screening, thanks largely to a grant from the Finger Lakes Health Foundation, affiliated with Finger Lakes Health, and also from the generous financial and in-kind support of local sponsors and hundreds of volunteers.

 

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