Friday is the deadline to get permission slips in for heart screening for students and athletes, according to the Edmonds School District website.
The screening will be at Edmonds-Woodway High School on Feb. 6, according to the district website.
The Nick of Time Foundation (NoTF) in partnership with the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital will offer the free on-site heart screening for students and athletes (ages 14-24) as a way to promote awareness of undiagnosed heart disease and educate the public to the warning signs and prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in youth.
The screening is aimed at identifying heart problems that typically are undiagnosed in physicals. It will be similar in structure to a blood drive and takes about 30 minutes per student.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes, according to the district website. Many have an undiagnosed heart abnormality with no symptoms until death. NoTF has screened approx. 7000 students and young athletes over the last three years.
The Nick of Time Foundation was created in memory of Nick Varrenti, an athlete from Mill Creek who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and died at age 16 in 2004.
Students who want to participate in the heart screening will need to turn in their completed permission packet signed by their parents to the Counseling Office by January 18. Cheryl Menteer, Counseling Secretary, is responsible for scheduling students for the screening and communicating scheduled screening time to students.
Please contact the Counseling Office at 425-431-6007 if you have any questions or concern.