March 12, 2013 Update on Screening Appointments
Heart Screen Appointments for Middle
School and High School Students in Study of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young
Thanks to the many parents who have scheduled their children
for screenings during Spring Break week (March 11-15), all available
appointments have been filled. Beginning March 18, the Mobile Imaging Unit
will return to the Houston Independent School District to screen students on
HISD campuses. However, free appointments will be available for any Houston
area high school and middle school students during the upcoming summer
vacation period. Watch for details as they become available.
Doctors and researchers at
the Texas Heart Institute announced that free heart screening appointments were open in the Texas Medical
Center during the spring break week (March 11-15) to area middle school and
high school students as part of a
research program into certain difficult-to-detect, congenital heart
abnormalities that are thought to predispose young people to Sudden Cardiac
February 12, 2013
TX Heart Institute Partnership Yielding Valuable Information for Parents, Doctors
It’s been a few years since the Texas Heart Institute (THI) first joined forces with HISD to offer free heart screenings to district students, but since the initiative’s launch in 2010, this innovative partnership has already provided potentially life-saving information to more than four dozen young people and their families. Of the more than 3,000 middle-schoolers who had completed the free screenings by the end of 2012, at least 50 were flagged for abnormal results. - Houston ISD website
October 29, 2012
Research unraveling the risks of deadly hidden heart problems
Alaina Dixon had no idea she had heart problems until she collapsed in cardiac arrest 25 yards from the finish line at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January 2011. Because race organizers had emergency cardiac equipment on hand, Dixon survived to run another day. — Houston Chronicle
August 10, 2012
European Soccer Star Cleared for Play After Evaluation by Experts at THI
Dutch player Hedwiges Maduro has been cleared to resume play for the Spanish team, FC Sevilla, after an extensive evaluation by Dr. Paolo Angelini, with the Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies at THI. Watch the video on YouTube (available in both English and Spanish).
June 1, 2012
Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies/Fort Bend ISD to offer free MRIs for students Ultimate Fort Bend by Sara Glafcke
The Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies at the Texas Heart Institute has partnered with Fort Bend Independent School District to offer free MRI heart screenings for middle school students.
April 30, 2012
Heart Risk in Athletes Is Gaining Attention
"Should high school athletes be screened for heart trouble before taking to the practice field?" A New York Times article examines the issue. "Once thought to be exceedingly rare, sudden cardiac death is far more prevalent among young athletes than previously believed, recent research has shown. . . . Some experts think the time has come for thorough heart screenings for all young athletes. Researchers at the Texas Heart Institute are even looking at the prevalence of heart abnormalities in middle-school students and the feasibility of complete screenings, combining EKGs and imaging tests." Read more about the Houston MRI Screening Study.
January 6, 2012
Kinder Outreach Program finds heart disease in Houston children
Read more at www.healthyhoustonkids.com.
August 21, 2011
Schools extend heat safety, heart care beyond athletics
To help monitor the health of band members, as well as other students with exertion and exposure similar to athletes, some school districts are requiring heart screenings. Others have instituted heat restrictions on outdoor practices that apply to athletes and marching band members. Read the article from the Houston Chronicle.
July 22, 2011
Texas Heart Institute to test kids for heart conditions
Christi Myers report on ABC13.com
June 30, 2011
Fort Bend ISD partners with the Texas Heart Institute to provide free MRI screening to middle school students.
This prevention-oriented research study can help identify children who may have undetected heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death.
Read the full press release.
March 19, 2011
Research May Save Lives of Young Athletes
The Houston Chronicle "Viewpoints" section published an article by Dr. James T. Willerson, Dr. Paolo Angelini, and Meredith J. Long concerning the activities of the Texas Heart Institute Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies, including the Houston MRI Screening Study. Read the article.