University to Hold Athletic Screenings

University to Hold Athletic Screenings April 16, 2015



CONTACT: Erica C. Cline; 706-828-2225
April 13, 2015



University Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute
to Hold Special Athlete Cardiac Screening

Sudden cardiac death kills more than 100 student athletes every year

AUGUSTA - University Hospital will team up with Augusta Technical College and AR Johnson Health & Science Magnet High School on Saturday, April 25, to provide heart screenings to help lower the risk of sudden cardiac death for up to 200 local student athletes.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at AR Johnson, 1324 Laney-Walker Blvd., and for eligibility, the following criteria must be met:

  • School athlete
  • Students, grades 6-12
  • Guardian must attend with student


Athletes must pre-register for this event by call 706-774-8870.

Although sudden cardiac death is rare in children and young adults, 25 percent of cases occur during sport activities, according to research published in the Annals of Pediatric Cardiology.

University Hospital will provide a number of free cardiovascular resources to help identify potential heart problems in local young athletes, including:

  • EKG
  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • Blood pressure and heart rhythm check
  • Blood sugar and cholesterol checks
  • Body Mass Index
  • Dental health check


Mac Bowman, M.D., director of cardiology at University Hospital, and Pat Thomas, program director of the Harry T. Harper School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology, have spearheaded this endeavor.