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UNT cheerleader warns young athletes about rare heart defect, get screened

UNT cheerleader warns young athletes about rare heart defect, get screened


“AT-RISK” STUDENTS.2-ROBERT:A ROUTINE CHECKUP LEADS TO A EYE- OPENING DIAGNOSIS OF A RARE HEART DEFECT. THE ATHLETE FROM HAYS COUNTY IS STILL IN HER TEENS. SHE’S NOT ALONE. 2-SYDNEY:CHAMPION SNOWBOARDER SHAUN WHITE ALSO SUFFERS FROM A CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE.HE JUST WON TEAM USA’S 100TH GOLD MEDAL.KXAN’S MEDICAL REPORTER GIGI BARNETT TAKES A LOOK AT THE WARNING SIGNS EVERY PARENT SHOULD HEED. FOR 20-YEAR-OLD SKYLER SANDERS…CHEERING IS LIFE.SKYLER SANDERS “I STARTED CHEERING WHEN I WAS ABOUT NINE AND EVER SINCE THEN I’VE JUST WANTED TO BE A COLLEGIATE CHEERLEADER.”BUT, WHILE THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS CHEERLEADER WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL…HER HEART AND BREATH STARTED DOING A ROUTINE ON HER. SKYLER: “IT’S LIKE YOUR HEART WANTS TO JUMP OUT OF YOUR CHEST.” // “I’D GET REAL SHORT OF BREATH AND HAVE TO SIT DOWN.”THAT KEPT HAPPENING… DR. KERENDI TALKING: “OK, I’M GOING TO TAKE A LISTEN.” …UNTIL HER DOCTOR HEARD A HEART MURMUR.AND SOON DIAGNOSED HER WITH ATRIAL SEPTIC DEFECT OR ASD FOR SHORT. SIMPLY PUT ITS AN: DR. FARAZ KERENDI: “…ABNORMAL HOLE BETWEEN THE LEFT AND RIGHT ATRIUM. EVERYBODY HAS THAT AT BIRTH. ” // “AND THEY CLOSE SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH.” SKYLER’S NEVER DID.SO, DR. FARAZ KERENDI CLOSED THE HOLE ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS AGO. A NON-INVASIVE SURGERY DONE THROUGH HER RIBCAGE ASSURED A FASTER RECOVERY AND LITTLE SCARING. GIGI: “DOCTORS SAY ASD IS SO RARE BECAUSE BY THE TIME A CHILD REACHES ADOLESCENCE THE HOLE CLOSES ON ITS OWN. THEN THERE ARE CASES LIKE SKYLER’S THAT GO UNDETECTED. FOR THAT, DOCTORS SAY PARENTS SHOULD CONSIDER FREE SCREENINGS.” KERENDI: “SOMETIMES IT CAN BE MISSED ON PHYSICAL EXAMS, SO THE ECHO MAY BE THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY DETECT IT.”AS SKYLER PREPARES FOR BIG CHEER COMPETITION SOON…HER MESSAGE TO YOUNG ATHLETES ABOUT HEART CHECKS IS CLEAR.SKYLER: “MAKE SURE YOUR BODY IS WORKING CORRECTLY. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW.”GIGI BARNETT…KXAN NEWS. SYDNEY: DOCTORS SAY A-S-D DOESN’T ALWAYS SHOW SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS BECAUSE ITS VICTIMS ARE YOUNG. BUT WHEN IT DOES, SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SHORTNESS OF BREATH, FATIGUE AND POSSIBLE SWELLING OF THE LEGS.IF IT GOES UNTREATED, IT CAN CAUSE

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