Free Heart Screenings Coming to Canby
Providence Health and Services will bring its PlaySmart program to Canby this fall. On September 29, between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM at Canby High School, any child between the ages of 12 and 18 can receive a free screening which includes an Electrocardiogram (EKG), Heart Health Questionnaire, Blood Pressure Reading, and Echocardiogram (if needed).
What is Play Smart?
Play Smart is a free screening program sponsored by Providence Heart and Vascular Institute. Its goal is to reduce the number of sudden cardiac deaths among young athletes through community education and free heart screenings.
Screenings involve a consent form, questionnaire, blood pressure measurement and an electrocardiogram. Individuals with abnormal results will undergo a brief screening echocardiogram. If an abnormality is discovered, the patient is referred to his or her physician for further evaluation. The program is designed to screen for inherited and acquired forms of heart disease.
Athlete screening with an electrocardiogram is currently mandated in multiple countries, and it is endorsed by the International Olympic Committee and the European Society of Cardiology. The American Heart Association supports screening with a questionnaire, and also acknowledges the logistical and financial challenges of mass screening programs in the United States.
We believe in screening young people for heart disease. Our cardiologists donate their time to support Play Smart, and donations make it possible for us to offer this free service to our community.