Opportunities for SAFEheart screenings still available
Poly has once again partnered up with SAFE (Student Athletic Fitness Evaluation) to provide screenings for early detection of heart disease. SAFE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). SCA is the leading cause of non-traumatic sudden death in children and young adults and is usually the result of an underlying structural or electrical heart abnormality. SAFE uses both ECG and echocardiogram studies to detect these previously undiagnosed conditions.
These tests will be performed on Poly’s campus and take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Test results will be read by a SAFE cardiologist. Should any abnormalities be detected, parents will be notified and may take results to their child's primary care physician for follow up.
This screening program is entirely voluntary and is not required to participate in Poly athletics. It is also important to note that the SAFEheart testing protocol is more extensive than the current guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association.
Appointment times are still available on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled online; parents must print and complete the health history questionnaire found at the bottom of the scheduling page. The requested donation to SAFE for each screening is $80. Questions may be directed to Director of Health Services Marcy Kwitny at 626-396-6391.