Over 400 people attended the 13th annual Anthony Bates Foundation Cardiac Screening event, Sunday afternoon in the KSU Alumni Center.
Anthony Bates was only 20-years-old when he died suddenly in 2000 of an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). He was an honor student at K-State and played on the Wildcat Football team as a defensive lineman.
HCM is found in roughly 1-700 kids, and is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes. The only way to detect HCM is through an echocardiogram of the heart. With early detection, a person can have a normal and productive life.
During Sunday’s event, participants received an ECG, ultrasound and blood pressure check. Several doctors were also on-hand to read the results of each test. During a typical screening, 10% of the participants show minor heart problems, while 2-3% show life-threatening conditions. Those with positive results are then referred to a family doctor and cardiologist.
To learn more about HCM and Anthony’s Story, visit anthonybates.com