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January 9, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Nick of Time Foundation to hold youth heart screenings on Jan. 16

Here’s another event that’s worth taking a deeper look at. It’s geared to prevent cardiac arrest in youth. The Nick of Time Foundation will be holding screenings on Jan. 16 at Holy Names Academy. Here’s the full information from a press release:

The Nick of Time Foundation was created in 2006 to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletes after the death of 16-year-old athlete Nicholas Varrenti.

The foundation is dedicated to educating the public about sudden cardiac arrest in youth and the importance of having automated external defibrillators in all public places, including schools. Nick of Time’s goal is to increase survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and to reduce the risk in young people through the promotion of “healthy hearts”.

In the United States, at least once every three days, an apparently healthy young person dies from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes during sports participation and cardiovascular disease is second only to malignancy as a medical cause of death in individuals younger than 24 years old.
Last week alone across the United States, 4 young athletes died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest.
The Foundation is a wonderful example of how individuals and organizations can work together to accomplish significant change.
Nick of Time has worked to build a solid board structure with medical direction from many diverse organizations and partnership with the goal of saving more lives.
Our programs work together to help protect young people and communities by providing early detection, early access to defibrillation, CPR / AED education, and awareness.
Youth Heart Screenings- Nick of Time Foundation and their partners, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, provide heart screenings at high schools throughout the Puget Sound.
Combining strong volunteer support and community collaboration from local fire and medical organizations, this unique program is designed to identify cardiovascular disease that may place the student athlete at risk of sudden death.
The best way to detect these conditions is through a heart screening consisting of a comprehensive family health history survey and using an ECG (electrical test) and Echocardiograms (ultrasound) of the heart.
We will be holding a youth heart screening at Holy Names Academy on January 16, 2013 from 9am-4pm, this will also include students from Seattle Prep and O’Dea.
Each of our screenings are open to any student between the ages of 14-24 yrs old, regardless of where they attend school.



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