Feb 07, 2019 12:00 PM
Lydia Hibsch
From the Clinic to the Classroom - A Journey in Community-Based Youth Heart Screenings with the Prov

We are meeting in the Memorial Coliseum today


Providence Heart Institute (PHI) is pleased to offer, Play SmartYouth Heart Screenings Program, a free youth heart screenings program that has been extremely successful in screening over 30,000+ youth and identifying 1,400+ students or 5% (to date) for further follow-up and treatment. Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Often there are no advance signs or symptoms and most routine physical exams will not pick up the defects. An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) usually is necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, something normally not done in “well-child” checks or even some sports physicals. In an effort to protect the hearts of area middle and high school students, Play Smart offers free painless, noninvasive heart-health checks to youth aged 12-18.