Nick of Time Foundation to provide free heart screenings

The Nick of Time Foundation, in partnership with the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be offering a free on-site heart screening for students and athletes (ages 14-24) at Edmonds-Woodway High School Feb. 6. The event is open to any students in that age group, regardless of whether they attend EWHS.

This Friday, Jan. 18 is the registration deadline for the screening, aimed at identifying heart problems that typically are undiagnosed in physicals. It will be similar in structure to a blood drive and takes about 30 minutes per student. This video: gives you an idea of what the screening process looks like.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes. Many have an undiagnosed hear t abnormality with no symptoms until death. NoTF has screened approx. 7000 students and young athletes over the last 3 years. The Nick of Time Foundation’s goal is to promote awareness of undiagnosed heart disease and educate the public to the warning signs and prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in youth.

Students who want to participate in the heart screening will need to turn in their completed permission packet signed by their parents to the EWHS Counseling Office by Jan. 18. Cheryl Menteer, counseling secretary, is responsible for scheduling students for the screening and communicating scheduled screening time to students.

You can download the permission packet here.

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