Nick of Time Foundation hosts heart screening event

Mountlake Terrace senior Kason Shevenko receives an EKG from Everett Clinic nurse Jayne Ellis  (left) during the Nick of Time's Heart Screening event Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace High School. Shevenko received a clean bill of health from the doctors. (Photos by David Pan)
Mountlake Terrace senior Jason Shevenko receives an electrocardiogram (EKG) from Everett Clinic nurse Jayne Ellis (left) during the Nick of Time’s heart screening event Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace High School. Shevenko received a clean bill of health from the doctors. (Photos by David Pan)

The Nick of Time Foundation along with partner, the Heart of Edmonds School District, provided about 250 heart screenings for youth and young adults, ages 14-24, Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace High School.

Mountlake Terrace senior Jason Shevenko has his blood pressure read by a volunteer from Snohomish County Fire District 1.
Mountlake Terrace senior Jason Shevenko has his blood pressure read by a volunteer from Snohomish County Fire District 1.

More than a hundred volunteers from Snohomish County Fire District 1, University of Wasington Medicine, the Edmonds School District, Providence and Swedish hospitals and other organizations provided the heart screenings.

“We have a wide range of people who help,” said Nick of Time Foundation executive director Darla Varrenti. “It’s been great. The school district has been very supportive. It’s nice to be in one of the schools.”

In addition to the heart screenings, volunteers also taught participants hands-only CPR and provide instruction on how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator).

“It’s a life-saving skill,” said Varrenti, whose 16-year-old son Nick passed away from sudden cardiac arrest.

Typically about 95 percent of those who participate in the screenings have no problems with their hearts. The foundation also provides support for those individuals, who need further follow-up with a doctor.

Nick of Time hosts heart screening events once a month throughout the Puget Sound region. The schedule of heart screenings can be found at the foundation’s website, www.nickoftimefoundation.org.

Mountlake Terrace's Derek Anyimah (right) practices hands-only CPR.
Mountlake Terrace junior Derek Anyimah (right) practices hands-only CPR.
Mountlake Terrace senior Jason Shevenko watches as the results of a echocardigram.
Mountlake Terrace senior Jason Shevenko watches as the results of a echocardiogram.
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University of Washington Nick of Time volunteers Ryan Carlson and Adrian Monstad (right) demonstrate hands-only CPR to Mountlake Terrace senior Jason Shevenko (left)

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