If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ in HCMA Announcements. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Your Participation in this message board is strictly voluntary. Information and comments on the message board do not necessarily reflect the feelings, opinions, or positions of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. At no time should participants to this board substitute information within for individual medical advice. The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association shall not be liable for any information provided herein. All participants in this board should conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in suspension or termination. The moderators of the message board working with the HCMA will be responsible for notifying participants if they have violated the rules of conduct for the board. Moderators or HCMA staff may edit any post to ensure it conforms with the rules of the board or may delete it. This community is welcoming to all those with HCM we ask that you remember each user comes to the board with information and a point of view that may differ from that which you hold, respect is critical, please post respectfully. Thank you

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Free heart exams Saturday...

Collapse

About the Author

Collapse

SharonBates Find out more about SharonBates
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Free heart exams Saturday...

    Free heart exams Saturday to seek abnormality that endangers youths

    Athletes can be susceptible to cardiac problem
    By Carla McClain
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR

    Free screenings to detect heart abnormalities will be offered in Tucson on Saturday, in an effort to prevent sudden death in young people.

    Doctors performing the screenings will look for evidence of a cardiac condition that can unexpectedly kill high-school and college athletes, as well as thousands of active young people who also die without any warning symptoms.

    Known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, the condition is blamed for the sudden deaths of University of Arizona football recruit McCollins Umeh, 18, who collapsed during practice in June, and Anthony Bates, 20, a Phoenix athlete who died after a football workout at Kansas State University in 2000.

    Anyone from 14 to 40 years old is eligible for the echocardiogram screening - an ultrasound of the heart - whether or not they have any cardiac risk factors.

    "Neither my son nor McCollins Umeh had any family history or any symptoms of this problem before they died," said Sharon Bates, who founded the Anthony Bates Foundation, which is sponsoring the event.

    "They had no idea they were at any risk, and if they had known, this problem could have been controlled and they would have lived," she said.

    "We are inviting anyone in this age group to get screened, whether they are athletes or not. This is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people in the prime of life, and we want to start preventing it."

    Sudden cardiac death kills 5,000 to 7,000 young people every year, with about a third of those caused by HCM. It can be detected on an echocardiogram as an enlarged heart. That and any other life-threatening abnormalities found during the Saturday tests will be reported immediately, and people will be advised to seek further evaluation.

    "Conditions such as asthma or diabetes can put a strain on the heart. Taking Vioxx can cause trouble. The screening will show that kind of damage," Bates said.

    The test - which normally costs $1,600 - will be free Saturday because cardiologists from the UA's Sarver Heart Center are donating their services, as are other volunteers, and screening equipment will be provided without charge.

    During the five-hour event, at Tucson High Magnet School, at least 300 screenings can be conducted, Bates said. The test lasts about five minutes and requires the removal of a shirt or blouse.

    If you go:

    WHAT: Anthony Bates Foundation heart screening

    WHEN: Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

    WHERE: Tucson High Magnet School gymnasium, 420 N. Second Ave.

    COST: Free

    SPONSORS: Anthony Bates Foundation, UA Sarver Heart Center, Arizona Athletic Trainers Association, Medical Sales Professionals, Tucson Unified School District Athletic Department and Philips Medical.

    ● Contact reporter Carla McClain at 806-7754 or at [email protected].

  • #2
    What a great story... you continue to amaze me Sharon!

    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

    Comment


    • #3
      GO SHARON GO!
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

      Comment


      • #4
        Wow, that's incredible Sharon. Let us know how it went.

        Lisa I.

        Comment


        • #5
          Hi Everyone,
          What an exhilarating, fabulous, heart warming event at our first heart screening for the Tucson communities! We had people waiting for us when we arrived at the school two hours before the event started. With the great coverage from the media (that is the key to getting the word out to the parents in the community) it made all the difference in the world from the event the previous weekend. Two newspaper articles, and TV coverage at the event was a huge plus.

          We did 206 FREE echo cardiograms. We found 24 problems (some minor issues needing followup and 3 LVH). I was able to help 3 families with HCM history get connected to the HCMA and understand the importance of additional screenings as the young people get older. Plus we were able to share our message of heart health for all young people with the news coverage that evening.

          By the Numbers:

          - 100,000's + young people Educated about HCM & heart health nationally
          - 2,000 + Free Echocardiograms since The Anthony Bates Foundation's screening (2001) or $3.2 Million of value in FREE echocardiograms
          - 1,000's + High School students received "What is HCM?" (ALL high schools in Arizona, Kansas and recently, LV, NV High School Nurses)
          - 100's life saving echocardiogram findings
          - 3 AED's donated to Arizona schools in 2005, more to donate as money is raised
          - 2 day heart screening event scheduled for Las Vegas, NV April 2 & 3rd
          - 1 degree of separation from Oprah (packet being sent to her directly on Monday)

          What's next? We will continue to help people understand the issues related to HCM.
          We keep banging the drum and raising awareness. There are many opportunities for our message to be heard. Each day is a new beginning! I am blessed with the energy and faith to make a difference in this world. Each one of you has your own powers and talents to offer this cause. Help us get the word out in your communities about the importance of heart health, education and awareness of HCM!

          Pick up your own drum and make a big noise -- it's beautiful music when we are able to move a few mountains together. Not one of us is able to do this alone, including me. The volunteers and compassion of communities everywhere are making a stand against Sudden Cardiac Death in our young people. We have their attention, now is our time.

          Blessings to all,
          Sharon

          Comment


          • #6
            BRAVO SHARON!

            Anthony is so proud of you!

            Peace,
            Lisa
            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

            Comment


            • #7
              Sharon - Wonderful! Congratulations! Linda

              Comment


              • #8
                thats awesome great job your a blessing ,sincerely mike
                One day at a time.

                Comment


                • #9
                  That is just so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  Shirley
                  Diagnosed 2003
                  Myectomy 2-23-2004
                  Husband: Ken
                  Son: John diagnosed 2004
                  Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                  Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

                  Comment

                  Today's Birthdays

                  Collapse

                  Working...
                  X