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. 

Screening Outcomes

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Teen Heart volunteers screened 171 Whatcom youth for hidden heart abnormalities.   The event, hosted by Ferndale High School, uncovered nine youth with concerns. 

  • One student with premature ventricular contraction; follow up to receive a Holter monitor; parents and primary care physician (PCP) notified by Dr. Zaragoza, medical director, Teen Heart Screen.
  • One student with hypertension and mild left ventricular hypertrophy; follow up for repeat echo study and blood pressure recheck;  parents and PCP notified by Dr. Zaragoza.
  • Five students with possible hypertension; follow up with school nurse to recheck blood pressure and follow up with PCP if still abnormal.

  • Two students that Dr. Zaragoza recommended for a repeat EKG with their PCP.

Next screening event

No screenings have been scheduled at this time. If your school district is interested in hosting an event, please contact PeaceHealth Strategic Communications.

  • When: TBD
  • Where:
  • Time:
  • 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). 
 

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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