By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer
One in 300 youth has an undiagnosed heart condition that puts them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest . The Kyle J. Taylor Foundation (KJTF), in collaboration with UC Davis Health and Project ADAM Sacramento, is hosting a free youth heart screening event to help identify youth who may have an undiagnosed heart condition.
The free event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jesuit High School gymnasium, 4660 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. The event is for those ages 12 to 25.
Limited time slots are available, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.
The screening takes about 40 minutes to complete. It includes a cardiac risk assessment, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a physician review.
The EKG is a simple and painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity using small sticky electrode patches attached to the skin of the chest. Structural and electrical heart issues which can cause sudden cardiac arrest in young people can often be seen in an EKG.
All who attend will be required to wear masks indoors.
The event aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest risk in children and young adults. Annual physical examinations and sports pre-participation physical exams can miss about 85 to 90% of issues that can cause sudden cardiac arrest in youth.