Each year, between 100 and 150 athletes die from sudden cardiac arrest, according to the American College of Cardiology. Screenings can help detect underlying heart disorders, such as abnormal heart rhythms, which can trigger sudden cardiac arrest.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will offer free cardiac screenings for athletes between 14 to 18 years old from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 in the hospital’s Cardiac Diagnostic Testing Department.
The hospital has conducted the screenings for the past 13 years, screening more than 1,100 young athletes.
RWJUH Somerset cardiologists, nurses and technicians will conduct the screenings, which will include a cardiovascular history and physical exam; blood pressure screening; body metrics; and an electrocardiogram. In addition, an echocardiogram can be performed if indicated. Results will be given to students to share with their personal physicians.