Heart screening clinics set for student athletes

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Area hospitals and foundations are once again teaming up to offer heart screenings for student athletes.

The screenings are designed to help detect serious heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac arrest and include a review of the student's health history, blood pressure check, electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) and echocardiogram. The screening sessions also include a CPR/AED demonstration and nutrition education.

In Vancouver, the clinic will be held Saturday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, on the first floor of the Firstenburg Tower, 400 N.E. Mother Joseph Place. To register, visit www.swheartcheck.org.

The clinic is open to any Southwest Washington middle or high school athlete, band member or cheerleader ages 12-18.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and St. John Medical Center in Longview are working with the Quinn Driscoll Foundation and Spencer's Heart Strong Foundation to offer the screening clinics.