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Providence Heart and Vascular Health offered PlaySmart heart screenings last week at Colton High

Providence Heart and Vascular Health offered PlaySmart youth heart screenings at Colton High School on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Colton middle and high schools had 123 students show up for the free heart screening.

The average age of sudden cardiac arrest in teens is 17 years old and is usually brought on by physical exertion. The number one identifiable cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which often times has no symptoms. Other causes of cardiac arrest are coronary artery anomalies, Marfan syndrome, commotio cordis and electrical abnormalities

Since more than half the teens with heart issues show no symptoms PlaySmart offers a quick and painless check for abnormalities for youths ages 12 to 18. It includes filling in a questionnaire, blood pressure measurements, electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram if needed. Parents can be in the room during testing.

This was the first time Providence Heart and Vascular Health offered the screening in Colton.

According to Jan Olson, who is part-time district nurse in Colton and full-time district nurse in Molalla, the Providence heart screening team will be at Molalla High School on Nov. 21-22 for any students who want to be screened including those who are homeschooled. The link for more information or to register is oregon.providence.org/html/playsmart/index.html.

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