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  • Heart Screening in Phoenix, AZ - August 28th

    Saving Lives during Heart Screening Event at Mountain Pointe High School

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: August 11, 2004
    Contact: Sharon Bates, Event Coordinator
    Phone: (602) 482-5606
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.AnthonyBates.org

    PHOENIX, Ariz.. - Everyone needs a hair cut now and then but how many of our young people should have their hearts screened on a regular basis for cardiac abnormalities? According to a 1996 American Heart Associations publication, “some form of pre-participation cardiovascular screening for high school and collegiate athletes is justifiable and compelling, based on ethical, legal and medical grounds”. The Anthony Bates Foundation (www.AnthonyBates.org) will be hosting their third heart screening event (seventh over-all) at Mountain Pointe High School in Awhatukee.

    When: Saturday, August 28, 2004
    8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    What: FREE Echocardiogram Heart Screening Event for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
    Where: Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Rd., Phoenix, AZ (by small gym)
    Who: Young People between ages 14 & 40.

    Anthony Bates was a native Arizonan. He was an athlete, honor student, eagle scout, plus a wonderful person. He graduated high school from Mountain Pointe High School in 1997 and went on to play football at Phoenix College for two seasons before he was awarded a full scholarship at Kansas State University in January, 1999.

    Anthony didn’t get to play much football at KSU because he died on July 31, 2000 from an undiagnosed heart condition-Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) also known as enlarged heart or athletes heart. Other sports figures have succumb to this disease, such as Hank Gathers of Layola Marymount and this summer, McCollum Umeh of University of Arizona. Unfortunately, many young athletes die from this and other heart ailments before they make the “big time” in college or professional sports.

    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the muscle of the heart is abnormal in the absence of an apparent cause. According to cardiac experts, 1 out of 500 people in the general population have HCM. The American Heart Association sights 5,000 to 7,000 children die each year from sudden cardiac death. The largest percent, 36%, of these SCD’s are from HCM. The good news, if HCM is detected early a person can live a normal productive life.

    The Anthony Bates Foundation has been working to better the understanding of heart disease and HCM in our young people. Anthony’s mother, Sharon Bates, formed The Anthony Bates Foundation in 2002 to honor her son’s life and promote heart health and education in high schools and universities throughout Arizona, Kansas, and across the nation. In the effort to educate people in Arizona and Kansas, all of the high schools received a complimentary 15-minute video titled, “What is HCM?”

    Ms. Bates has partnered with the HCMA (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Assoc.-www.4HCM.org) in New Jersey to bring a better understanding of HCM to many areas of the community. The Anthony Bates Foundation conducts FREE, on-site cardiovascular screenings for young students. Using ultrasound imaging under the supervision of cardiologists provides an excellent opportunity to detect life-threatening heart abnormalities. A student’s family history of heart conditions is also taken into consideration as part of the screening process. The Anthony Bates Foundation is actively promoting public outreach programs. Their goal is to promote heart health with education and awareness of HCM.

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    Re: Heart Screening in Phoenix, AZ - August 28th

    Sharon -

    Good luck on your upcoming event. I hope the message reaches loads of people and you have many, many there to get checked. Wish I could be there to help in some way.

    SheliRenee
    Mom of Keanu
    4 years old (will be in March)
    Dx at 2 days old with Biventricular hypertrophy
    Dx at 6 weeks with HOCM
    Dx at 5 months with V-tach
    Dx at 3 with Noonan Syndrome

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      Re: Heart Screening in Phoenix, AZ - August 28th

      Sharon, Wish I could be there. I hope you don't find anyone who is referred to a doctor. That would mean that HCM has not reared its nasty head in any of the young people you screen. Good Luck. Hopefully you will have many, many people to take advantage of this free screening.

      Cynthia

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