Muskegon heart screening discovers teen's condition

There are a few takeaways from this article.  First, screenings save lives – plain and simple.  Second, this screening is consistent with many others across the country that are showing approximately 1 out of every 100 kids screened has a previously undetected heart condition.  Finally, catching these conditions and receiving treatment means many of these kids can safely continue their athletic pursuits.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) — A Muskegon Catholic Central student athlete is thankful he took part in a free heart screening for student athletes in June.

The screening offered by Mercy Health Partners and West Shore Cardiology determined Mason Tetzlaff, 16, had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome — a condition that can lead to episodes of rapid heart rate. The most severe form of a rapid heart beat is atrial fibrillation, which can rapidly lead to shock and require emergency treatment.

Tetzlaff was one of 153 student athletes checked in May and June for heart issues.   Two other teenagers also found out through the screenings that they have conditions as well.

Tetzlaff says he feared the simple exam because any problem with his heart that doctors might discover would threaten his senior year of sports.

This month heart surgeons successfully corrected Tetzlaff’s condition. Doctors have cleared him to participate in sports.

Three more heart screenings will take place over the next several weeks: July 27 and 28, and August 3. The screenings will be done from 6-9 p.m. at Mercy Health Partner Hackley Campus.

Mercy Health Partners hopes to test the hearts of 600 student athletes tested by the end of August.

By Jon Mills


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