Health Screening Benefits of GE Healthcare's Portable ECG Demonstrated on Students

GE HealthcareWhen Beaumont Hospital physicians recently held a heart screening for high school students, they found some surprising results - of the 402 students screened, 34 students were advised to continue with sports and follow-up with their personal physicians; an additional five students were instructed to stop exercise until fully evaluated.

"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," said David Haines, M.D, corporate chairman, Cardiovascular Medicine, at Michigan-based Beaumont Hospitals. "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."

Reinforcing GE's healthymagination strategy, the MAC 800 resting ECG is a lightweight portable ECG device that has made it easier for Beaumont to perform student screenings at schools and other community locations. The MAC 800 combines the keypad of a phone with a full-size color display and the proven GE Marquette 12SL ECG diagnostic software to help clinicians provide greater access to healthcare in regions across the world.

Beaumont recently purchased 20 of the portable ECG devices for its student screening program with a donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Data published from an Italian study in 2006 demonstrated an 89% reduction in sudden cardiac death where routine ECG-based heart screenings has been mandatory since 1982 (JAMA, 2006). In addition, a recent study from Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed routine ECG testing of young American athletes and found that it is reasonable and cost effective to implement these programs (Ann Int Med, 2010). Participation requirements for these younger athletes are typically limited to physicals and medical history.

"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," said Melanie Varin, general manager U.S. sales and marketing, GE Healthcare's Diagnostic Cardiology business. "It's a portable, lightweight device that can go from a traditional hospital setting to remote areas."

GE Healthcare's MAC 800 has the full size features of a 65-pound ECG device engineered down to less than seven pounds, battery included. The unit's integrated carrying handle enables clinicians to carry it like a briefcase, expanding access to care, regardless of patient location. Its lithium ion battery keeps it running for roughly two hours of continuous operation or up to 250 standard patient reports, and a quick, four-hour recharge helps reduce downtime.

About Beaumont Hospitals
Beaumont Hospitals is a regional health care provider with three hospitals and a network of community-based medical centers in metropolitan Detroit. Beaumont is Michigan's, and one of the nation's, most experienced providers of heart care, ranking among U.S. News & World Report's 2010 "America's Best Hospitals" for heart and heart surgery. The Beaumont Heart Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility that's dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart problems. Beaumont's Ministrelli Women's Heart Center is the first in Michigan devoted exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis, and research of heart disease in women. Visit Beaumont on the web at

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $16 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at