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MIAMI CHILDREN'S NICKLAUS OUTPATIENT CENTER OFFERS FREE TEEN ATHLETE HEART SCREENINGS AIMED AT PREVENTING SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH
(2/25/2013)

PALM BEACH GARDENS - Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) Nicklaus Outpatient Center is offering free electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs) to middle and high school athletes in an effort to identify those at risk of sudden cardiac death and prevent tragedy.   The screenings – made possible through the generosity of The Honda Classic -- are available by appointment seven days a week at the MCH Nicklaus Outpatient Center, located in Legacy Place, 11310 Legacy Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens, 33410.

“Every three days, sudden cardiac death takes the life of a young U.S. athlete, such as a girl playing soccer, a boy at basketball practice or a high school football player,” said Dr. Anthony Rossi, Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at MCH.  “Often these young people die without exhibiting advance signs of a heart problem,” he said.  What’s more, a typical school or sports physical examination won’t detect a potentially dangerous heart problem.”

“An EKG can help identify children with heart anomalies so that they can receive the treatment they need for a long and healthy life,” said Dr. Rossi. “No child should die from a preventable cause. Please consider this free screening test as a gift to your family.” 

Anyone wishing to schedule an EKG for their child at the MCH Nicklaus Outpatient Center can do so by calling toll free at call 1- 800-432-6837, option 1 the ext. 8301. 

Services of the center include pediatric rehabilitation services, after hours pediatric urgent care services and pediatric imaging services. For more information, visit www.mch.com

About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.  990.

About the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation
The Nicklaus family founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004 for a simple reason: to help kids in the community where the family has lived and worked for decades. The Foundation has grown for a vision to reality, providing charitable services for children’s healthcare. The Foundation’s mission is to provide access to world-class healthcare for all children and support innovative programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses. For more information about the foundation, please visit nchcf.org.