Lindbergh High in Renton to host youth heart screenings
September 24, 2012 · Updated 4:01 PM
Lindbergh High School will host free youth heart screenings in October in the hopes of preventing sudden cardiac arrest.
Called a “Nick of Time” event, the screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Lindbergh, 16426 128th Ave. S.E., Renton.
The heart screenings are available to youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years old and participants don’t have to be enrolled at the school.
Lindbergh is hosting the event in partnership with the Nick of Time Foundation, which was created in memory of Nick Varrenti.
Varrenti was a multi-sport athlete who suffered a cardiac arrest and died at age 16.
“This year I jumped at the opportunity to host, because as a high school junior, I lost a cross-country teammate after she collapsed and died from sudden cardiac death following a meet,” wrote Keith Hennig, Lindbergh assistant principal and athletic director, in an email. “Hopefully, we can get as many LHS students to participate in the events and maybe save someone’s life.”
Last year Hazen High School hosted the same event and had more than 400 Renton School District students receive free screenings.
The screenings consist of a health survey, blood pressure test, physical examination and an on-site echocardiogram and they take between 15 and 30 minutes. Appointments are limited and Lindbergh students must return a completed health survey form to the athletic office to schedule an appointment. Non-Lindbergh students must email email@example.com to schedule appointments between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the child’s full name, age, gender, attending school and parent’s name and contact information.
A copy of the “Health Survey” packet is available at the Lindbergh High School Main Office and online.