Follow your heart – Juanita High School offers heart screenings, four students uncover issues


Follow your heart – Juanita High School offers heart screenings, four students uncover issues
Heart screening at JHS with Hero Mobile

Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that nearly 1 in 100 babies born in the United States have a heart issue? And some of those issues can go undiagnosed, even into adulthood. Juanita High School (JHS) hosted voluntary heart screenings for area students on October 4 to try and identify any students who may have heart abnormalities. The event was in partnership with the Nick of Time Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping detect hidden cardiac problems. 

Nearly 400 students were screened that day. After checking in, students went to the blood pressure station which was staffed by local firefighters and paramedics. Volunteers then checked the height and weight of students on their way into receiving an electrocardiogram (EKG), which uses electrical signals to check for different heart conditions. Students then went to the heart sound station to have a physician listen to their heart and lungs. Any student with unusual feedback from the EKG or heart sound then received an echocardiogram, a different process than an EKG that helps diagnose heart conditions. This set of procedures helped identify two students who had minor heart issues along with two other students who discovered they had a major heart issue. 

Following the screening, all students went to the CPR station where they learned how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and perform CPR on mannequins. An AED is a machine that is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Students were also taught and quizzed on the location of AEDs around campus. After all of this, they then had an individual consultation with a cardiologist who went over their test results.


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