The Nick of Time Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated preventing death caused by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in young people, will hold a free youth hearth screening event at Lindberg High School on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The screenings are intended to identify undetected heart conditions in youth — ages 16 to 24-years-old — particularly student athletes, which might increase their risk of SCA. On average, a seemingly healthy young person suffers SCA every three days in the U.S. and it’s the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes. In most cases, cardiac abnormalities are not detected, there are no warning signs, and unless a normal heart rhythm is restored within minutes, death results. Most youth sport physical examinations do not include screenings for cardiac abnormalities yet Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young people and is typically the result of undiagnosed structural or electrical heart disease.
Darla Varrenti founded the Nick of Time Foundation after she lost her son Nick — a promising high school football player and the Foundation’s namesake — to sudden cardiac arrest in 2004 at the age of 16.
In addition to the screenings, attendees will be instructed on how to perform compression-only CPR and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) so that they can respond to an SCA victim.
Pick up the "Health Survey" packet inside the main office at Lindbergh High School Main Office, or download a copy online at http://nickoftimefoundation.org/programs/screenings/.
Complete packet with your parent or guardian including adult permission signature (if under 18 years old). Students cannot be screened without completed forms! Pre-register: Appointments are limited. ALL students must return completed health survey forms to the LHS Athletic Office to schedule a screening appt. Students will be excused from class at their pre-scheduled times. Non-LHS students must email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule appointments between 2:30-3:30pm.