Rich land Doctor Screening For Fatal Heart Condition in Young Athletes
RICHLAND, Wash.--Doctor Dan Niendorff says Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM it's a silent killer. And over the years many athletes have died. As the owner of ActionEcho, a mobile echocardiography service, Niendorff uses a machine showing the anatomy and function of the heart..along with the blood flow. It's basically an Ultrasound.
Doctor Niendorff says it's a result of an "inherited abnormality in the development of the heart muscle. On Thursday, January 17th, he'll be giving free screenings to athletes in Seattle as part of a statewide Cardiac Screening Day. But he hopes to help local athletes as well.
"That's a personal goal of mine is to work with the local community to bring about a greater awareness and a greater rate of detection for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)," says Dr. Niendorff.
Doctor Niendorff estimates one in 1,000 people are diagnosed with HCM each year. Having this type of test is necessary if a serious problem is detected through an Electrocardiogram (EKG). Athletes can have that test done during their sports physicals. The cost of an EKG usually runs about $50.00 dollars.