Teen Heart Screen

Even teens who seem perfectly healthy may have hidden heart problems.  Although the percentage is small, kids with undetected heart defects are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA can happen without warning and can result in death. For people under age 35, it is often due to hidden heart defects or undetected heart abnormalities. If a defect or abnormality can be identified early, it can be treated and monitored throughout a person's lifetime.

The Teen Heart Screen special event provides advanced heart screenings for youth and young adults ages 14-24 living in Whatcom County.  The screening is free to all eligible youth and is hosted in partnership with area high schools.  The clinical and training portions of the screening are offered by PeaceHealth Cardiovascular Center clinicians in collaboration with Whatcom County Fire Districts,  EMS professionals and generous community support. 

Next screening event

Mark your calendar and save the date for our next Teen Heart Screen, hosted by Ferndale High School.

  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Where: Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Drive, Ferndale, Washington
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • To register:  To participate in this free screening, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the Heart Health Survey on behalf of their teen or youth (under age 18). Please return the completed Heart Health Survey to the Athletic Secretary, in the main office of Ferndale High School on or before Tuesday, May 29, 2018. 

    Youth and young adults outside the Ferndale School District are eligible to participate.  Screenings for these individuals will begin at 2 p.m.  Please call the Cardiovascular Center at 360-788-6197 to reserve your place. Participants must complete the Heart Health Survey, with signature, and bring the health survey with them to the screening. Please come directly to the gymnasium to check in for the screening event. 

What is included in the screening?

  • Review of teen's Health Screening Survey including personal and family health history
  • Height and weight measurement
  • Blood pressure
  • ECG/EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Chest-compression CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training
  • On-site physician review of test results
  • Echocardiogram (if deemed appropriate and ordered by physician)

For more information about this screening, or to inquire about hosting a Teen Heart Screen event, please contact PeaceHealth Strategic Communications.


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