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Morris Hospital Announces Cardiac Screenings at Newark and Seneca High Schools

Morris Hospital Announces Cardiac Screenings at Newark and Seneca High Schools
January 16, 2017 Morris Hospital

Morris Hospital Announces Cardiac Screenings at Newark and Seneca High Schools

January 16, 2017, MORRIS, IL –Morris Hospital will be holding its Rhythm of Our Youth cardiac screening program at Newark High School on February 14 and at Seneca High School on March 21.  The purpose of the screening is to identify area high school students who may be at risk for sudden cardiac death by identifying those who may have existing cardiac abnormalities.

On the screening days, a team of specially trained volunteers from Morris Hospital will provide electrocardiogram (ECG) screenings at the school free of charge to students who have received parental permission to participate. An electrocardiogram is a non-invasive, painless test that measures the electrical activity of the heart and detects certain heart abnormalities that can lead to sudden cardiac death. The test takes about three minutes to complete.

Based on results of the screenings, students could be referred to their physician for additional follow-up. Results are sent home to the student’s parents and are not shared with the school by Morris Hospital.

The program was made possible with funding provided by generous donors to the Morris Hospital Foundation. Last fall, more than 2,600 students were screened at Gardner-South Wilmington, Morris, Minooka and Coal City high schools, as well as Premiere Academy.  High schools in the Morris Hospital service area that weren’t scheduled for the 2016-17 school year will be invited to participate in 2017-18.

Sudden cardiac death claims more than 2,000 lives of children and adolescents in the United States each year. Most victims of sudden cardiac death have had underlying heart conditions that could have been detected through a simple ECG.

For more information, go to www.morrishospital.org/rhythmofouryouth or contact Jori Christensen, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Education at Morris Hospital, at 815-705-7361. Parents of students at Newark and Seneca high schools can give permission for their child to participate by completing the electronic student consent form through the Morris Hospital website.

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