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What To Expect

Youth Hearts Screening

PREPARATION
Before you arrive at the testing facility, you will need to fill out a health History Form,Marfan Form and a Consent Form if you are under 18.  Print these forms, fill them out with a parent and bring them with you to your appointment.

STEP ONE
Waiting Room (5 minutes)
When you arrive at the testing facility, our expert staff will go over your health history questionnaire with you.  We will ask for your completed consent form, which we require a parent/guardian to sign for anyone under 18 years of age. Once we receive all your paperwork, we will take your blood pressure.

STEP TWO
Screening Preparation (5 minutes)
We will guide you into our screening room. We will leave the room while you are getting prepared for the exam.  We will ask that you remove your shirt.  We ask that young women wear sports bras which provide more coverage.  You will leave your undergarments on.  We will provide you with a paper gown for your privacy.  Once you are changed, we will return to the room and begin the screening process.

STEP THREE
Screening (10 minutes)
The first test we do is an electrocardiogram.  Our professional staff will apply ECG stickers on your chest and legs.  We will hook wires up to these stickers.  These wires connect to an ECG machine.  Once your wires are all connected- we will ask you to “hold still and breath normally.”  At this point, we turn the ECG machine on.  It takes about 30 seconds- you will feel nothing.

Once the ECG is completed, an echovascular ultrasound technologist will do a limited cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) on your chest.  They will put ultrasound gel on your chest and use an ultrasound probe to view your heart by placing it on your chest.  Images of your heart will appear on the ultrasound monitor.  This exam will last about ten minutes. After the ultrasound is complete, all staff will leave the room and you will be instructed to change into your clothing and exit the room once dressed.

RESULTS
We will send your test to a board certified cardiologist to look over.  The doctor will send us the results of your test and we will mail them to you in about three weeks.

We highly recommend that you follow up with your primary care physician if you receive any abnormal results.

Stroke Screening

PREPARATION
When you arrive at the testing facility, you will need to fill out a health history questionnaire.

STEP ONE
Waiting Room (5 minutes)
When you arrive at the testing facility, our expert staff will go over your health history questionnaire with you.

STEP TWO
Screening Room(15 minutes)
The first test we do is a limited electrocardiogram.  Our professional staff will apply ECG stickers on your chest and legs.  We will hook wires up to these stickers.  These wires connect to an ECG machine.  Once your wires are all connected- we will ask you to “hold still and breath normally.”  At this point, we turn the ECG machine on.  It takes about 30 seconds- you will feel nothing.

Once the ECG is completed, a vascular ultrasound technologist will do a limited carotid ultrasound (stroke screening) on your neck. After the carotid ultrasound, the technologist will perform an abdominal aorta ultrasound.  The last test is an Ankle-Brachial Index.  The technologist will put blood pressure cuffs around both ankles and both arms.  The technician will get your blood pressure in each limb.  All four exams will last about fifteen minutes.

RESULTS
We will send your test to a board-certified cardiologist for review.  We will mail you the results in about three weeks.  We highly recommend that you follow up with your primary care physician if you receive any abnormal results.

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