The YMCA| Halifax Health – Healthy Living Centers and Rx Ultrasound Resources have partnered to offer low-cost echocardiogram screenings that can help prevent sudden cardiac death in those who are unaware they are at risk.
“Sudden cardiac death is the largest cause of natural death in the U.S. causing about 325,000 adult deaths each year, with them occurring most frequently in adults in their mid-30s to mid-40s. Our goal is to make sure all of our local athletes and sports enthusiasts have the information they need to stay safe while enjoying the many athletic pursuits available to them in our area,” explains Matt Petkus, service line administrator for Halifax Health – Center for Cardiology.
An ultrasound of the heart, an echocardiogram is a painless, safe and non-invasive screening tool often used to diagnose structural abnormalities of the heart and conditions such as hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy; anomalous coronary artery; myocarditis; Long QT Syndrome; aortic disease; and valve disease.
Screenings will be offered at the Healthy Living Centers located inside the following Volusia Flagler Family YMCA locations on the following dates and times:
Monday, September 19
Ormond Beach YMCA – 500 Sterthaus Drive, Ormond Beach – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Port Orange Family YMCA – 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Monday, September 26
Four Townes Family YMCA – 280 Wolf Pack Run, Deltona – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ormond Beach YMCA – 500 Sterthaus Drive, Ormond Beach – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Port Orange Family YMCA – 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
All ages are welcomed to schedule a screening. Screenings take approximately 15 minutes with results mailed to patients within 10 days. The cost of the screening is $50. Insurance is not required. FSA Cards are accepted.
An additional electrocardiogram (ECG) screening is available free of charge for patients 14 to 35 years of age. Known as an ECG, this test evaluates the heart rhythm which can assist in the cardiac evaluation.
To schedule an appointment for an echocardiogram screening at a YMCA|Halifax Health – Healthy Living Center, go to rxultrasoundresources.com.
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.