Ridgefield High School Partners with Providence to Offer Free Youth Heart Screenings

Ridgefield High School is partnering with Providence Heart Institute (PHI) to offer all students in grades 9-12 a free heart screening during the month of November.  PHI’s program, called Play Smart, will provide screenings on November 9th and November 30th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Auxiliary Gym at Ridgefield High School.

To receive the free screening, students must complete a Consent Form and Questionnaire and submit them to the RHS Athletic Office.  The forms are available here:  Consent Form and Questionnaire.

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.

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