Cardiovascular Association physicians donate to Humble ISD athletic program
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The physicians of Cardiovascular Association have donated proceeds from their heart screening program back to the Humble ISD Athletic Program. The proceeds were the result of the heart screening program conducted last October by Cardiovascular Association physicians for Humble ISD student athletes and coaches at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. “We believe that athletic programs play a vital part in the total development of our youngsters,” said Charlie Gnaim, M.D., cardiologist with Cardiovascular Association. “The occurrence of sudden cardiac arrest in a young person is devastating and we’re providing these screenings to identify athletes who may be at risk.” “We recognize that some young athletes may be at particular risk and that is why we are so grateful to Dr. Gnaim and Cardiovascular Association for assisting us in organizing and supporting this heart screening program,” said Heath Rushing, chief operations officer for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Dr. Gnaim presented the check to Guy Sconzo, Humble ISD superintendent. “We are so appreciative to the physicians of Cardiovascular Association for their donation and for recognizing the importance of school athletic programs,” said Dr. Sconzo. “We also are grateful to them for the screenings they provided to our students.” The comprehensive screening was performed on student athletes and coaches and included the following: A focused history of the student or coach’s cardiovascular system. A focused physical exam of the cardiovascular system. An electrocardiogram (known as an EKG) to look for heart abnormalities, and An echocardiogram (known as an ultrasound of the heart) to look for structural abnormalities of the heart. Of those tested, four were recommended to follow up with their personal physician for high blood pressure concerns and five were recommended to follow up with a pediatric cardiology group. Four of the participants had an echo abnormality and one had an abnormal EKG. The American Heart Association recommends that all student athletes get a yearly medical exam and talk with their doctor about any family history of heart problems. The tests were conduced at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital by physicians affiliated with Cardiovascular Association. The group has 10 cardiologists, all board certified, who are located on the Memorial Hermann Northeast campus. Photo: Cardiologist Charlie Gnaim, M.D. (fourth from left) present a $4,000 check to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Humble ISD Superintendent. Also pictured (from left) are: Krista Malmstrom, Humble ISD co-athletic director; Robert Maniscalco, Memorial Hermann outreach athletic trainer; Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Chief Operating Officer Heath Rushing; Dr. Gnaim; Dr. Sconzo; Trey Kraemer, Humble ISD assistant superintendent for secondary schools and athletics; and Troy Kite, Humble ISD co-athletic director.