Free teen heart screenings held in Fenton

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The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation teamed up with Hurley Children's Hospital to screen athletes for a heart condition that usually isn't found in sports physicals..FENTON, MI A free heart health screening has been scheduled for this month in Fenton. The Hurley Heart Check is set from a.m. p.m. Sa.ay, Oct. at Fenton High School, W. Shiaw.ee Ave., with year olds encouraged to attend. Screenings will include a review of a health history questionnaire to be filled .

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) – (10/14/17) – Saving the lives of Mid-Michigan athletes was the goal of screenings Saturday at Fenton High School.

The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation teamed up with Hurley Children’s Hospital to screen athletes for a heart condition that usually isn’t found in sports physicals.

Athletes have been known to die suddenly.

Testing for the condition isn’t always covered by insurance either, so it is helpful to have the life-saving screening done for free.

“It’s an uncommon problem. When it hits, it’s devastating because it hits a kid without warning or provocation,” said Dr. James Weber of Hurley Medical Center.

The screenings do more than find the heart condition that killed high school athlete Thomas Smith.

Doctors said they also find other conditions like premature hypertension and elevated blood pressure.

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