Foundation and Public Health Team to Prevent Sudden Youth Cardiac Arrest
Many people die each year from various heart conditions and in some cases never display symptoms. between the ages of 5 to 20. Over 600 individuals registered, and the screening consisted of a heart physical, blood pressure check, and EKG (electrocardiogram) and an Echocardiogram (if required) as Today, the Jessica Clinton Foundation hosted its 9th Annual Know Your Heart Screening event, free to any child or student determined by a pediatric cardiologist. All services were provided on-site with the assistance of over 60 plus medical volunteers from as far south as Miami-Dade County.
The Jessica Clinton Foundatio’s single focus is preventing sudden cardiac arrest in children and young athletes. Jessica died at her school following a cheerleading practice in 2003. She had a severe, undiagnosed heart condition. Her condition was not detected in routine physicals during her time as a cheerleader and her school did not have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site.
Jessica’s parents promised to keep her memory forever alive, and to prevent similar tragedies from occurring by holding Know Your Heart Screenings and advocating for AEDs at all schools and parks.
The event was held at the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County located at 5150 NW Milner Drive, in Port St. Lucie, FL from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.