Living 4 Burke offers student and athlete heart screenings

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There will be an athlete heart screening for student athletes ages 12-25 Saturday, Aug. 13 at Natchitoches Central High School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The cost is $20. The electrocardiogram (EKG) screening provides a picture of the heart’s electrical activity that may show irregular heart rhythm and other abnormalities.
The screenings are sponsored by Living4Burke, a non-profit organization with a mission dedicated to saving young lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)
The organization was founded in honor of Burke Cobb, who was only 14 years old when he collapsed during a pickup basketball game following high school football practice in July of 2012.He was the grandson of Sharon Cobb, son of Jim and Marla Cobb and nephew of Karis and Kristen Cobb Simpson. Sharon, Jim and Kristen are former Natchitoches residents and Karis is a Natchitoches resident.
More than 350,000 deaths occur each year as a result of SCA and includes student athletes. Lving4Burke as partnered with The Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation to offer low-cost screenings in Natchitoches Parish. The screenings can detect heart abnormalities including Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy that causes a thickening of the heart wall and can lead to obstruction of blood and erratic heartbeat.
For more information call Kristen at (504)343-8238 or visit www.living4burke.org