Physicians from Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, conducted a cardiac screening session for high school students. They GEused GE’s MAC 800 ECG system for detecting cardiac conditions. They found that among the involved 402 students,

34 were advised to continue with sports and go for follow-ups with their personal physicians; and another five students were asked to stop exercise and seek further evaluations.

David Haines, M.D, corporate chairman, Cardiovascular Medicine, at Beaumont Hospitals, commented “We believe ECG together with a patient history, physical exam and quick-look echo for select students is a preferred strategy for screening athletes for underlying heart disease. We started the ’Healthy Heart Check’® student screening program in May 2007. Since then, we’ve screened over 4,700 students at free community-based screenings.  We believe the program has helped save young lives by identifying students at risk for cardiac arrest.” MAC 800 resting ECG system is confirming GE’s healthymagination strategy. The system is light, less than 7 pounds, and portable device that helped Beaumont’s physicians while they screened the students. MAC 800 features a combination of the keypad of a cell-phone with a full-size color screen and the well-known GE Marquette 12SL ECG diagnostic software. Recently, Beaumont hospitals acquired a number of 20 MAC 800 ECG units for its student screening program. These units were purchased through a fund provided by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

MAC 800 and Cardiac Screening.

According to several studies, significant reduction in sudden cardiac death cases can be achieved by conducting ECG-based heart screenings. Thanks to MAC 800, such screenings are now much easier. Melanie Varin, general manager U.S. sales and marketing, GE Healthcare’s Diagnostic Cardiology business, explained “There’s no doubt that the MAC 800 has the potential to help save lives through early detection of heart disease, whether it’s being used by clinicians on young athletes or pros. It’s a portable, lightweight device that can go from a traditional hospital setting to remote areas.”