Tidelands Health expands cardiac screening among student-athletes to help prevent on-field complications

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Published on April 22, 2019

Tidelands Health expands cardiac screening among student-athletes to help prevent on-field complications

Tidelands Health is expanding the cardiac screening it offers to local student-athletes through its free sports physical program in an effort to help prevent potentially life-threatening on-field complications.

Each year, hundreds of high school students benefit from free sports physicals organized by the Tidelands Health Sports Medicine Institute to encourage physical activity among students and break down a potential barrier to sports participation. The program began in 2005 as a small effort at a Tidelands Health physician’s office and has expanded over the years to on-site physicals performed at Georgetown, Carvers Bay, Andrews and Waccamaw high schools. Dr. William Greer examines the arm and shoulder of a student-athlete.

Sports physicals this year will include enhanced screening for potential congenital and genetic heart conditions that could threaten the health of student-athletes while participating in sports. Student-athletes will undergo a more in-depth assessment of their personal and family medical histories as well as an expanded physical screening.

Students with potential heart concerns will be referred to a pediatric cardiologist for further evaluation on site or through an office visit. The pediatric cardiologist, Dr. David Steflik, was brought to the region through the health system’s affiliation with MUSC Health.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death among student-athletes,” said Dr. William Greer, director of the sports medicine institute. “By expanding our cardiac screening, our goal is to better identify potential heart concerns and help save lives.”

Free sports physicals will be offered from 3-6 p.m. at Andrews High School on May 9, at Carvers Bay High School on May 16, at Georgetown High School on May 23 and at Waccamaw High School on May 31.

Students who do not attend Georgetown County schools or are unable to attend the on-site sports physicals can benefit from $25 sports physicals at any Tidelands Health Family Medicine location. For more information, call 1-866-TIDELANDS.

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