Cardiac Screening for Student Athletes

As a part of its mission in the community, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center will be conducting free cardiac screenings of high school student athletes (grades 9 through 12). The purpose of this initiative is to detect and assess potential cardiac abnormalities that may put a strain on an athlete’s heart particularly when he or she is engaged in strenuous physical activity.

The screenings are held monthly, in the evenings at St. Francis Hospital. If you are interested in participating in a screening, please call our Community Outreach department at 516-629-2013 for an appointment. Screenings will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

Pre-registration is required prior to the date of the event.  Click here for directions.

Student athletes will need to bring:

Upon arrival, additional information will be asked by our registration staff, after which student athletes will be checked in. As part of the assessment several noninvasive diagnostic tests will be performed by technicians; these include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): A test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart. It translates the heart's electrical activity into line tracings on paper.
  • Echocardiogram: A diagnostic test that utilizes ultrasound techniques to provide a two-dimensional image of the heart and can detect many cardiac abnormalities.

Student athletes will then be seen by one of our pediatric cardiologists who will conduct an assessment, review your findings and indicate if any additional evaluation is needed.

If you have any additional questions about the program, please contact our Community Outreach department at 516-629-2013.

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