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Gilbert Public Schools to host community heart screening event

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One in every seven heart screenings uncovers an underlying heart issue in a patient, and in some cases the issue can be life-threatening. Gilbert Public Schools is partnering with the Anthony Bates Foundation to host a heart screening event on January 13, 2022 inside the gymnasium located at the district office. Medical professionals along with students in the BioMedical program at Campo Verde High school will be conducting the screenings in hopes of saving lives.


“A lot of people don’t realize they have underlying heart conditions. When I’ve participated in these types of events in the past, we’ve found that 10 to 15 percent of those tested had some sort of underlying heart issue,” said Barbara Torrey, a K-12 Science Coordinator with Gilbert Public Schools and organizer of the event.


The Anthony Bates Foundation is teaming up with Gilbert Public Schools for this event. Bates was an Arizona native and a life-long football player. Over the course of his life, he had 22 sports physicals, but his heart was never tested. Unfortunately, he had an unknown heart condition. Bates collapsed during a college football practice and sadly passed away. His mother created the foundation in his honor. Those who come to the event will be provided with blood pressure checks, ECG/EKG testing, ultrasound/echocardiograms, and reviewed by a board certified cardiologist.


“The screenings and the awareness help, and then the funds raised are going to put AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in the Gilbert community. It depends on how much is raised, and then they figure out where the best placement is,” Torrey said.


Only 150 appointments are available for those ages 10 and older. Screenings take roughly 30 minutes or less to complete. The cost of the screenings are lower than what you’d likely pay at a hospital. The cost is $40 for the first 100 students, but after that it goes up to $65. For adults, the cost is $90. Torrey says these types of screenings are important to have in the community.


“Life is precious. You can’t live without the heart. It’s something that we sometimes take for granted. A lot of people have shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or feel a little dizzy when they get up too fast. They think that their sugar is too low, they’re tired, or it’s just stress, but all of those could be factors of potential heart issues,” she said.

The event is providing a service to the community, and it’s also allowing BioMedical students from Campo Verde High School to get hands-on experience in the field. The students will undergo training sessions prior to assisting with the exams. 


“Not only will they get medical experience, but the Campo students who are working all day will actually get their hearts screened for free,” she said.


To get a heart screening appointment for yourself or a loved one, fill out an online form today!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:


How many appointment slots are available?

Only 150 slots are available from 1pm to 7pm on Thursday January 13, 2022.


Where is the event located?

The screenings are happening inside the gymnasium at the Gilbert Public Schools district office located in Building C at 140 S Gilbert Road, Gilbert, Arizona, 85296.


How do I prepare for my screening? 

Schedule an appointment by registering through the link.

For women participating in a screening, you are encouraged to wear a sports bra for ECG testing. Paper gowns will also be provided for the Echo exam.


What do I bring with me to my screening appointment?

Water, HSA information (if you are using), paperwork filled out that is sent via confirmation email


How long does the screening take?

Screenings usually take about 30 minutes. During times when there is heavy traffic, the wait times may be 45 to 60 minutes. We strive to keep the wait times low and the service high. Your patience is appreciated.


Who can be screened?

Anyone ages 10 and older


How do I pay for the screening?

Payments are made online. Confirmation emails are sent prior to the heart screening event. HSA accounts can be used at the appointment time. However, there have been occasions where HSA cards do not cover the expenses due to the funds being transferred to a non-profit organization. If individuals want to pay with cash or check, they can make an appointment by phone (602-482-5606) and pay at the door. Walk-in patients are welcome!

 

What happens if I'm not well the day of my screening appointment?

Full refunds will be processed


For more questions, contact appts@anthonybates.org or call 602-482-5606.

Written by Kailey Latham