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Smart Heart Scans at St. Pius X
June 19th, 2013


WHAT
Echocardiograms (ECHO) provided by Smart Heart Scans

WHEN
Saturday, August 17 and if necessary, Sunday, August 18, 2013. The process takes approximately 30 minutes from check-in to conclusion. Please keep in mind that this test is given by appointment only. We cannot accept walk-ins.

WHERE
St. Pius X Catholic High School

WHY
Each year every St. Pius X student athlete is required to undergo a physical. The vast majority of the student/athletes take that very thorough physical here at St. Pius X in May.

There are, however, certain heart conditions that cannot be detected by regular sports physicals. Over the past several years, there have been several deaths throughout the United States and here in the state of Georgia resulting from an athletes heart condition that could only be detected by an Echocardiogram (ECHO). An ECHO is designed to screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that reduces the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively to the body. The ECHO and its interpretation by a cardiologist routinely costs $800 to $1500, thus making the procedure cost prohibitive for many.

Please keep in mind that an Echocardiogram is not required for a student athlete to participate on a St. Pius X team.

ECHO Form and Cost
If you wish to register your child, you can download the registration form online at www.spx.org. Registration forms will be available soon here.  If you are not able to download the form, please contact Gary Schmitt at St. Pius X at 404-636-7751, ext. 267. Please mail the completed form with your check for $65 made out to Smart Heart Scans to St. Pius X, attention Gary Schmitt by Tuesday, August 6, 2013. You will be called during the week of August 12 to schedule your appointment time for the test on August 17.

If your student athlete has already received an ECHO there is no need to receive another one unless instructed to do so by your physician.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gary Schmitt at 404-636-7751, ext.267.

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