On Nov. 6, UW Medical and the Nick of Time Foundation administered 567 free heart screenings at Bothell High School (BHS), six of which were referred for an additional follow up with cardiologists/health providers.
According to a press release the standard of care for well-child and sports physical examinations can miss about 90 percent of electrical and structural issues that can put young people at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Most of these conditions are not detectable with just a stethoscope.
This number of screenings at BHS broke the previous record of 555 screenings, set at Meadowdale High School, the release states, the release states.
The best way to identify causes of sudden cardiac arrest in young people is by taking a “picture.” According to the release, research shows that electrocardiograms (EKGs or ECGs) are the most effective way to diagnose an undetected heart condition.
The releases states that UW Medical and the Nick of Time Foundation used the latest criteria developed for screening young people’s hearts. An EKG is a painless, non-invasive test that evaluates a heart’s health. It measures heart rate and rhythm through electrodes attached via small patches with a mild latex-free adhesive to the chest, legs and arms.
Students, staff and volunteers helped make this event such a success.
“Our kids were phenomenal,” said BHS assistant principal Elizabeth Cano, who organized the event. “Our volunteers were so great with them, caring and reassuring. It was an awesome day. My heart is full.”