Heart Screening Saves 13 Year Old's Life

It’s not just in Philadelphia that heart screenings are making a big difference in the lives of students.  Just ask Sam . . . 

A Parkston teenager credits a heart screening for saving her life. While Sam Herrold didn’t have any symptoms of heart problems, the screening revealed a potential danger.
Basketball is a big deal to the Herrold family. 16-year-old Erica is a captain on the Parkston Girls Basketball team. Her dad loves the sport, and her younger sister, Sam, planned to play varsity basketball during her 8th grade year.

“It was my life. That’s all I did,” Sam said.  Not only was Sam’s heart in the game, but at 6’4″, she appeared to be the picture-perfect basketball player…
“It’s a big part of her personality,” Sam’s Dad, Rick Herrold, said.

They soon found out otherwise. A heart screening found the 13-year-old has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

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