Southside Hospital will hold free cardiac screenings for teenagers who may be at risk for undetected heart issues on Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The heart health program is called B.E.A.T., which stands for: Body metrics, Evaluate, Assess, Teach.
The initiative is a joint effort between Southside Hospital and the local charity, Gavin’s Got Heart. Students in grades 9-12 who are under 18 years of age are invited to attend. Parents or guardians must be present during the entirety of the screenings.
Pediatric cardiologists and other health care professionals will administer: blood tests, electrocardiograms (EKGs) and body mass index screenings. Students will also learn about heart health and the importance of proper nutrition. Hands-only CPR training and automated external defibrillator (AED) operation will also be offered to the students during the program.
Teenagers who are interested in participating in the B.E.A.T. program need to register online at http://beatprogram.eventbrite.com
Southside Hospital is located at 301 East Main Street, Bay Shore.