Free Cardiac Screenings Offered for Young Athletes on April 30

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 death.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, will offer free cardiac screenings for athletes between 14 to 18 years old on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the hospital’s Somerset Family Practice located at 128 Rehill Avenue in Somerville.

The hospital has conducted the screenings for the past 12 years, screening 1,154 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.

A parent or guardian must accompany each student to the cardiac screenings. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 908-685-2414. For more information, visit www.rwjbh.org/cardiacathleticscreening