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Heart Smart: EKG testing to take place in P.E. classes

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All students will have the opportunity to take part in an Electrocardiogram (EKG) screening on Nov. 15 during their P.E. periods.

This testing analyzes the student’s heart and can detect if there are any abnormalities. Screenings will be done in private booths and can be accommodated to students who don’t have a P.E. period. Only students with permission can get tested (online or oral permission on test day).

To participate, the fee is fifteen dollars, but it is free for those who are registered with the school to receive free or reduced lunch.

“I would recommend students sign up because they may have a problem that can be solved from this test,” senior Hope Calcagno said.

The Max Schewitz Foundation’s Heart Smart EKG will be hosting this event. Max Schewitz was only twenty years old when he died from a hidden heart condition. This foundation helps find at-risk children so they can seek treatment and not share Max’s fate. 65,000 EKG’s have been given to area students.

“It’s an interesting opportunity because it’s something I would have never thought of getting done without it being offered at school,” Calcagno said.

During the screening, cardiologist Eli Lavie, MD will oversee all aspects of testing and any interpretation. About 75 parent volunteers are needed to help, and can sign up for either one of two, four hour time-slots. Parents can sign up when they register their child.

Results are confidential and shared with parents within three weeks after testing. Copies of the test will be given to parents if they registered by Nov. 5. Parents who request copy after the deadline will have to pay a 10 dollar handling fee.

Students can register online at www.heartsmartEKG.org. Because the heart changes overtime, the group recommends that students still get tested even if they have previously.

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