Local philanthropic group Gavin’s Got Heart has donated $10,000 to fund Southside Hospital’s heart screening for teenagers called the BEAT program for the third consecutive year.
Run by Southside Director of Pediatric Cardiology Barry Goldberg, MD, the BEAT program performs the following free heart health screenings for local teenagers: a blood test to assess their lipids and blood glucose; an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check for heart electrical abnormalities; a body mass index (BMI) measurement and waist circumference check. In addition, teens are educated about proper diet and exercise; how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and about congenital heart malformations.
Gavin’s Got Heart is a group that helps families of children who have heart ailments. Since the BEAT program’s inception, more than 200 local teens have participated.
“We greatly appreciate Gavin’s Got Heart’s donation, which will allow us to continue the BEAT program in 2019,” Dr. Goldberg said. “Heart disease isn’t just an ailment of the aging. Being able to help these teens take care of their hearts well now will make a great impact on their future cardiac health."
The next BEAT program is on December 1 from 8 a.m. to noon at the hospital.