OB/Gyn Perinatal Research and School of Medicine
Sudden cardiac death is a recurrent tragedy in sporting events and athletic training. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that more than 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest each year. With a goal to increase awareness of the importance of cardiac screening prior to any strenuous activity, free heart screenings will be available two Saturdays this October at St. Vincent’s Clinic for young athletes in Galveston County. Using a mobile echo machine, UTMB students will work closely with skilled cardiologists to examine and screen high school students. In year two, the program will be expanded to include other young athletes attending Galveston College and Texas A&M Galveston.