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Hospital expands heart screening program to schools in Northland

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A metro hospital is expanding a program that could save teens' lives.

Doctors want to catch life-threatening heart problems in student athletes before they become deadly.

Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute is expanding its heart screening program to schools in the Northland. The goal is to help identify potentially life-threatening cardiovascular issues and prevent sudden death.

Of the 2,500 high school, college and professional athletes screened in the last 10 years, Saint Luke's found about 50 athletes had a potentially life-threatening heart condition that had previously gone undetected and could have led to a catastrophic event on the field.

"While non-athletes may have the same likelihood of having a heart condition, when you take that heart condition onto the playing field and exert yourself at an extreme level or compete at a high level, you're at an increased risk," said Dr. Anthony Magalski.

The first screening will take place Thursday night about 6 p.m. at Saint Luke's North Hospital Campus. The screenings will cost $60, which is down from $150.

With the expansion, Saint Luke's hopes to reach 400 more students.

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