Sponsored by Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, and The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation
Free Screening October 22nd at Northport High School, Northport, New York
BOTHELL, WA - October 20, 2011 - Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in bedside ultrasound for point-of-care medicine, proudly supports a community heart health screening to raise awareness and prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young adults.
Sponsored by the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation and The Mount Sinai Hospital, the company will be providing physicians with its flagship M-Turbo ultrasound systems to perform a non-invasive cardiac ultrasound examination for the accurate evaluation of heart functionality, valve complications, and blood flow. Students between the ages of 14-24 are eligible for a free heart screening. The event will take place on October 22nd at the Northport High School in New York.
Heart disease and sudden death in young athletes has grown to become an important public health issue. According to statistics for the Centre for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease is second to malignancy as the leading medical cause of death in individuals younger than 24 years old, accounting for over 2,400 fatalities per year in the U.S1
"This is a tremendous cause and we are proud to support the mission of saving young athletes from sudden cardiac arrest," said Kevin M. Goodwin, Sonosite's President and CEO. "Weighing less than 10 pounds, our systems can easily be carried to the high school where physicians will be able to interact with the students, while clearly visualising any heart abnormalities. We are pleased to join in this community effort and will continue to support organisations in providing better and more accessible healthcare."
In addition to the cardiac ultrasound exam, the screening at the high school will also consist of a physical examination, blood pressure test, a heart health survey to investigate signs, symptoms, and family history of cardiac conditions, and an ECG.
To learn more about the organisations sponsoring this event and The Mount Sinai hospital, click on the links below:
- The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation
- The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation
- Mount Sinai Hospital
1 US. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. National Vital Statistics. 14th ed. Vol. 57. 2009. Print.
Heart Screen New York is proud to partner with a core group of medical professionals from Mount Sinai Medical Centre and two leading New York based Foundations, the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, www.la12.org and the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation, www.domheart.org these two foundations have been the leading voice in AED (automatic external defibrillation) implementation in schools along with education and awareness of SCA in youth in the New York area. Both foundations are grass roots organisations founded after the tragic deaths of Louis and Dominic from SCA while playing in competitive sport.
Sonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound and an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology and impedance cardiography equipment. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by fourteen subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care.