SafeBeat and Wolfson Children’s Hospital Provided Free Preventative Heart Screenings at Ware County High School

SafeBeat and Wolfson Children’s Hospital provided free preventative heart screenings at Ware County High School

SafeBeat and Wolfson Children’s Hospital provided free preventative heart screenings at Ware County High School
Students in four Southeast Georgia counties were served during one-day event

Waycross, Georgia, Feb. 26, 2018SafeBeat, in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville, Fla., provided free, preventative heart screenings to more than 200 middle- and high-school students on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Ware County High School in Waycross, Ga.

Students from Brantley, Charlton, Pierce and Ware counties received electrocardiograms (EKGs) to help detect underlying heart defects and prevent sudden cardiac death. Nearly 40 students received an additional cardiac screening known as an echocardiogram, including one who was found to have a cardiac tumor.

The students also had their medical history, blood pressure, and body-mass index (weight-to-height ratio) recorded. The results of the free screenings will help identify cardiac abnormalities, obesity and hypertension in students in grades fifth through 12 in these Southeast Georgia counties.

The SafeBeat Initiative does not diagnose, treat or prescribe. It detects cardiac abnormalities for further follow up with a physician or cardiologist. For more details, visit www.safebeat.org.

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About Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville

Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, is a part of Baptist Health, Northeast Florida’s most comprehensive health system serving every stage of life. Wolfson Children’s is the only hospital just for kids in Northeast Florida and serves as the region’s pediatric referral center. Staffed 24/7 by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children, the 216-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features the latest pediatric medical technology in a welcoming, child-friendly environment. At Wolfson Children’s, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and endocrinology disorders, orthopaedic conditions, behavioral health conditions, and more. Wolfson Children’s pediatric partners include Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. For additional information, please visit wolfsonchildrens.org.

About SafeBeat

SafeBeat is a national initiative that establishes free local heart screenings, heart health education and emergency action planning programs in an effort to directly target three major long-standing epidemics in America’s youth: sudden cardiac death, hypertension, and obesity. SafeBeat collaborates with local hospitals, medical professionals, schools, individuals and businesses to allow them to bring the SafeBeat Initiative to communities nationwide to prevent needless deaths and create a healthier generation.

CONTACTS:

Vikki Mioduszewski, APR
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Vikki.Mioduszewski@bmcjax.com
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Cindy Vees
Communications Director
SafeBeat
cvees@safebeat.org
O: 850.973.2002
Twitter: @safebeat4life
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