Teen Heart Screenings

Even teens who seem perfectly healthy may have hidden heart problems. Though the percentage is small, kids with undetected heart defects are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

A simple screening can detect heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden death in athletes.
 
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Led by experts on our pediatric cardiology team and supervised by cardiologists, our 15-minute screenings are designed for student athletes and otherwise active youth. It's painless, noninvasive and educational, and includes:

  • An electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • A heart health questionnaire
  • Blood pressure check
  • Diagnostic results report (including a recommendation for follow-up, if needed)
  • Information on nutrition and chest-compression-only CPR
  • Height, weight and body mass index measurements
  • Driving distracted simulator

A physician will go over the results with you and your teen at the screening, and you'll have time to ask questions. The screening does not take the place of the sports physical typically required for young athletes.

The screenings occur at Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart at RiverBend, 3311 RiverBend Drive (adjacent to the hospital), Springfield. You and your child will be assigned a specific time for arrival, which will include time for checking in. Please be sure to arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.

Our next screen will be held in October 20, 2018.  

Questions? Call 541-222-6160

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Teen Heart Screening Outcomes

Screening event
date
Total youths
screened
Youths referred
for further evaluation
October 2014
58
13
August 29, 2015
75
9
August 27, 2016
69
12
February 25, 2017
83
17

October 2017

73

19

February 24, 2018

82

26

Referral reasons included: abnormal EKG, Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome, Syncope, high blood pressure, chest wall deformity, heart murmur, Marfans syndrome, and elevated BMI.

More Information

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Please note:  Screening events are not intended for children under the care of, or who have previously seen a cardiologist, or for “second opinions” about other heart conditions. Heart screening events are specifically looking for the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest in active teens.

Pediatric Cardiology
3377 RiverBend Dr
4th floor
Springfield, OR 97477
541-222-6160
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