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Doc Talk: Borgess EKG van

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Care met with convenience and a goal of keeping student athletes active, in the game and out of the hospital.

Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay showed a mobile testing unit that's providing electrocardiograms (EKG) to kids on the go in this episode of Doc Talk.

A van shows on the outside, Ascension. On the inside of the van, kids connected to a machine that cranks out results.

Borgess Occupational Health and Wellness Director Angie Brown said, “I think it's peace of mind for parents. Every now and then we hear the tragic event of someone who's died from sudden cardiac death and that's normally an athlete that collapses on the field.”

An EKG is not part of a standard physical or requirement for student athletes, but a screening unit on wheels makes getting one convenient and, according to doctors at Borgess, a no brainer.

Borgess Cardioglogy Medical Director Dr. Frank Saltiel said, “When you hear of those tragedies, you know, the first thing I think of, if something had been done, if it had been detected could that life had been saved?”

Detection starts with a few electrodes and a few minutes.

Borgess CorpFit Occupational Health Clinic Manager Michelle Smith said, “This is really a painless procedure. It doesn’t hurt them at all and, as you can see, once we've hooked her up we’ve got her heart rhythm coming right on the screen here, So, that's really all there is too it.”

The EKG will give doctors information on the heart's structure and how it functions, information that is invaluable to student athletes and doctors if they notice something's off.

Saltiel said, “The number of cases that we're going to find that’s going to lead to something serious that's going to stop the children from participating is very small, but some of those cases can end up in tragedy and even if the cases are few we still want to do the best we can to weed them out and avoid them from happening.”

The EKG van screening is $30 dollars and will be coming to the following places:

  • May 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Three Rivers High School.
  • May 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Borgess at Woodbridge Hills.
  • May 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Martin High School.

To schedule a screening call Borgess Student Heart Check at (269) 226-5015.

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