Free Youth Heart Screening Set for Friday, November 30 at RHS
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

In partnership with Providence Heart Institute (PHI), Ridgefield High School is offering all students in Grades 7-12 a free heart screening on Friday, November 30th at Ridgefield High School.  PHI’s program, called Play Smart, will be on campus from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the high school’s Presentation Room (Room 311).

To receive the free screening, students must complete a Consent Form and Questionnaire and bring them on the day of the event or submit them to the RHS Activities Office.  The forms are available here:  Consent Form and Questionnaire.  Additional permission slips will be available in the RHS Activities office.

RHS students will receive a pass to/from class for their screening time.  Denise Morgan, school nurse, will be walking a group of View Ridge students to RHS during 6th period.

The Play Smart Youth Heart Screenings Program has been extremely successful in screening over 25,780 youth and identifying 1,328 students (6% to date) for further follow-up treatment.  Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest.  Often, there are no advance signs or symptoms.  An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is usually necessary to reveal signs of heart irregularities, something not normally done in “well-child” checks or routine physical exams.

Play Smart heart-health screenings are free, painless and non-invasive.

For more information about the Play Smart Youth Heart Screenings Program, visit their website at www.playsmartgetscreened.org.