September 24, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sequoia Heart Screening Saves Lives

IMG_2587

When you’re getting checked up at the doctor’s office, they might tell you that your body is in shape and you are in fact quite healthy. However, a normal doctor’s visit does not include one thing: an EKG. Electrocardiograms check for possible problems with the electrical activity of your heart, problems that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest. One in 100 teens in the USA have an underlying heart condition that can put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. These conditions can be found with an EKG, and preventative measures can be taken. But because these conditions are not checked at a normal doctor’s visit, these conditions go unnoticed, and as a result, thousands of kids die annually due to sudden cardiac arrest.

This is what the Sequoia Health Care District is trying to prevent by hosting a free youth heart screening, where teenagers can get a free EKG and Echocardiogram and become aware of any possible heart conditions. Although events like this have been held in Southern California, this was the first event to be held in Northern California. The event as a whole ran very smoothly: as music from Wild 94.9 blasted from the speakers, students talked to doctors about their heart history before receiving their EKG. Once the scan was done and a physician viewed the results, teens were greeted by snacks and even got to meet and take pictures with Olympians that came to support the event. “The process was really easy,” said Carlmont High School junior Shayna Patel. “You just have to fill out a couple of forms regarding your heart history.”

“One thing we’re proud of is that not only did we screen hundreds of students, but the other part of it is that hundreds of students today got to learn how to do hands-only CPR and use an AED,” said Karen Li, the Wellness Coordinator of the Sequoia High School District. “Those are the two pieces: one is to screen and prevent and watch for potential disease, and the other is to prevent the outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest by knowing how to do CPR.”

And the efforts of Sequoia were certainly not all for naught: at the event: six teens were found to have underlying conditions, and therefore, six lives may have been saved. Hopefully, more events like this will start popping up in Northern California (including the San Mateo High School District), and more families will become aware of sudden cardiac arrest.

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrEmail this to someone