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. 

Our next Teen Heart Screen event will be hosted by Sedro-Woolley High School

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
  • Where: Sedro-Woolley High School, 1235 Third Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 4 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 survey to Student Services located in the main hallway at Sedro-Woolley High School.  

For students outside the Sedro-Woolley District, please complete the Heart Health Survey below and call the St. Joseph Cardiovascular Center at 360-788-6107 to reserve your screening time.
Screenings will be provided for community youth beginning at 2 p.m.
Concrete High School Students will be screened beginning at 9:15 a.m. Students please return your completed Heart Health Survey to L. Fenley prior to Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.  Concrete School District will provide transportation to the screening event for Concrete High School students.

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, 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.

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