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Free Heart Screenings Offered for Young Athletes

May 2, 2011
Somerset Medical Center is sponsoring a free heart screening for high school athletes on Saturday, June 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the medical center’s Somerset Family Practice office, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville.

The screenings will look for major abnormalities known to cause sudden cardiac death, which affects an average of 1 in 100,000 student athletes nationwide each year. Somerset Medical Center cardiologists, nurses and technicians will conduct the evaluation, which includes a cardiovascular history and physical exam; blood pressure screening; body metrics; an electrocardiogram; and an echocardiogram, if indicated. Results will be given to each student and the student’s personal physician. 

Participation in the screening is voluntary. It is open to anyone age 14 to 18 who is an athlete on a high school team. A parent or guardian must accompany each student.

Appointments are required by calling 908-685-2414.

Somerset Medical Center is a nationally accredited, regional medical center providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services and a broad range of community programs to Central New Jersey residents. It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. For more information about Somerset Medical Center, visit