Centra donates ECG machines

Friday February 4 2011

 

Lynchburg College recently had two electrocardiogram (ECG) machines donated by the Cardiovascular Group of the Centra Stroobants Heart Center given in memory of freshman Adam Seymour, who tried out for the Hornet men's soccer team last fall.

Less than an hour into the first practice of the season, Seymour collapsed during a 1.5 mile run due to heart failure, was given CPR, and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. He was pronounced dead three days later.

With the gift of the two ECGs, LC hopes to screen all its athletes for heart abnormalities starting next fall. Check out this coverage on WSET.

An ECG is a medical test that detects cardiac abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. The machine that records the patient's ECG is called an electrocardiogram. An ECG is done on a person to help diagnose heart disease.

"This helps our ongoing effort to increase the level of care we can provide for our student-athletes," said Lynchburg College director of athletic services Dr. Jim May. "This has been collaboration between LC athletics, the exercise physiology department, and the Centra Stroobants Heart Center. Our exercise physiology students will be able to use these machines to gain real-life experience. "

Dr. Mark Townsend, a specialist in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology for the Cardiovascular Group, has been a driving force behind the donation and will also review all the ECG tests. The machines will be housed in Walker Human Performance laboratory in Lynchburg College's Turner Gymnasium.

For more information, contact Jim May at 544-8180.