Providence Hospital offers screening for enlarged hearts

October 9, 2012 

Providence Hospitals is offering low-cost screenings for the next two weeks for the heart condition that killed a Hartsville High School football player.

Ronald Rouse, 18, died after collapsing during a game with a sudden irregular heartbeat caused by an enlarged heart. Some people are born with the rare condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but there seldom are any symptoms until it becomes a life-threatening condition. The condition is a leading cause of deaths in young athletes.

A non-invasive echocardiogram can recognize an enlarged heart. Providence will offer a limited number of screenings from 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday and Oct. 16-18 for $50 per person. Call (877) 256-5381 to register for a screening.

-- Joey Holleman

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