Free heart screenings offered to students

Harrisburg

Free heart screenings were offered to some Midstate students at Central Dauphin East High School. 

Students ages 12-19 had their blood pressure taken, learned how to use defibrillators, and were trained on how to administer CPR at the clinic held Saturday.

The event was organized by the Peyton Walker Foundation. 

Organizers say one out of every 100 students screened for sudden cardiac arrest is found to have a previously undetected heart condition. 

“Sudden cardiac arrest takes the life of one young person every hour of every day in our country. So we are losing so many teens to sudden cardiac death. It is not talked about. It is misunderstood. Parents don’t really understand how important it is to have their kids checked,” said Julie Walker, the director of the Peyton Walker Foundation. 

The Peyton Walker Foundation was formed in memory of 2012 Trinity High School graduate Peyton Walker. She passed away from sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 19.

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