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HEADLINE: Teen heart screenings are at Norcross High (GA)


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  • HEADLINE: Teen heart screenings are at Norcross High (GA)

    Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    November 13, 2003 Thursday Home Edition

    SECTION: Gwinnett; Pg. 2JJ

    LENGTH: 1276 words






    HAVE A HEART: Teen heart screenings are at Norcross High

    If you have a teen, especially an athlete, do the kid a favor and take him or
    her to Norcross High School this Saturday for a heart screen. It could be the
    best $58 you ever spend.

    From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the school will have 15 heart-screening machines in
    its fine arts hallway.

    Standing by will be a certified pediatric cardiologist who's qualified to
    interpret heart scans.

    Why bother?

    This February, Ryan Boslet, 17, a Chattahoochee High School student, died.

    His death was unexpected, as young Boslet was an athlete and seemingly in
    great health.

    An investigation showed the youngster's death stemmed from a heart muscle
    disorder called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM.

    It can be detected with a 10-minute heart-screen test.

    Debbie Mason, co-president of the Norcross High PTSA, is the organizer of the
    screening program.

    If you'd like to sign up for one of the heart-screen tests , call her at

    For more information, go to www.heartscreensforteens.com.

    If you're still waffling about the price, consider this: The normal cost for
    echocardiograms ranges from $800 to $1,500.


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