Three Southside Hospital pediatric cardiologists along with additional health care practitioners provided a group of local high school students free heart disease risk screening on Saturday morning at the hospital.
The students took a blood test to assess their lipids and blood glucose, an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check for electrical abnormalities in the heart and body mass index and waist circumference screening. An important part of the program was to educate the students about congenital malformations of the heart and promote tolerance towards peers with these ailments. The students then learned about various aspects of heart health, including diet, from Barry Goldberg, MD, director of pediatric cardiology at Southside; and Southside pediatric cardiologists Rohit Talwar, MD, and Marion Rose, MD.
“The heart is one of the most important organs in a person’s body and actions that teenagers take in their high school years can either help or hurt their hearts later in life,” Dr. Goldberg explained. “That’s why it’s important that we give students these tools now and educate them about their own health status.”
The program concluded with the students learning how to perform hands-only CPR and how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED) from Tim Dackow, RN, Southside’s coordinator of trauma injury prevention.
Gavin’s Got Heart, a local charity that helps families of children with heart ailments, financed the program.
For more information about Southside Hospital’s free heart screening program, call 631-396-6700.