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Heart Screenings Can Be A Life-Saver

Although Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) does not typically present any symptoms, it can lead to obstruction of blood flow and an erratic heartbeat. Fortunately, HCM and a host of other heart disorders are detectable with a simple screening process and can be treated and managed medically.

The Gregory M. Hirsch Heart Foundation in partnership with the Pediatric Center for Heart Disease at Hackensack University Medical Center, sponsors free screenings throughout the year at local Bergen County high schools for freshman, the age group where HCM and other heart-related conditions start appearing. Screenings include an Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Echocardiogram (ECHO), tests usually not performed during routine physical exams.

This innovative screening program was developed by Robert J. Tozzi, M.D., FACC, section chief, Pediatric Cardiology, and director of the Gregory M. Hirsch Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, a division of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) with CardiacScan Imaging Services.

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, donors and corporate partners, The Gregory M. Hirsch Heart Foundation has been able to provide free cardiac screenings to 700 students in several high schools throughout Bergen County.

The ultimate goal of the GMH Heart Foundation is to make sure that every freshman class in Bergen County gets screened.

If you would like to hold a free cardiac screening at your high school, please contact Fred Hirsch at 201-707-5933.