Free youth heart screening set for Oct. 8 in Bellingham

Young adults, ages 14 to 24, are being encouraged to get a free heart screening Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Squalicum High School.

The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3773 E. McLeod Road in Bellingham.

The Nick of Time Foundation, in collaboration with the Bellingham School District and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, is sponsoring the event. Youths don’t need to be enrolled at the school, but they must register and complete a heart-history survey to be screened.

The foundation educates schools, athletes and their families about sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in young adults who are exercising.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph and UW Medicine will screen up to 500 youths at Squalicum High School. The goal is to find heart abnormalities and to teach kids how to potentially save the life of someone having a heart attack.

Register by emailing Natalie Greene at Natalie.Greene@bellinghamschools.org and including the following information in the appointment request:

• full name and gender of each child being scheduled.

• age and date of birth.

• parent or guardian’s name, email address and contact phone number.

• where the child goes to school.

• two different time preferences for the screening.

Participants must have a resting heart rate one hour before their appointment, so they should avoid P.E. class or working out in any way. And they shouldn’t wear skinny jeans or leggings that are tight at the ankles, sports bras, or skirts and dresses the day of the screening.