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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) which 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 and Skagit 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. 

Save the date: Our next Teen Heart Screen event will be hosted by Lynden High School and Lynden Christian Schools in 2021

  • When: Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • Where: Lynden High School
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 3 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). Completed forms must be submitted to Duane Korthuis (Lynden High School) or Brenda Terpstra (Lynden Christian schools) no later than Monday, March 9, 2020.  An appointment will be scheduled for the student after submitting the completed health survey.

For students outside the Lynden School District, please complete the Heart Health Survey below and call the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cardiovascular Center at 360-788-6197 to reserve your screening time. Screenings will be provided for community youth beginning at 2 p.m.

Heart Health Survey (pdf)


What is included in the screening?

  • Review of teen's Heart Health 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.

Screening Outcomes

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Teen Heart volunteers screened 234 Skagit County youth for hidden heart abnormalities. The event, hosted by Sedro-Woolley High School, uncovered six youth with concerns. 
View the findings presented to the Sedro-Woolley School Board on February 25, 2019.

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