Nick of Time Foundation is Holding Youth Heart Screenings at Liberty High School – Wednesday, April 4
LHS PTSA Youth Heart Screen Flyer

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of sudden death in exercising “at-play” young people and is typically the result of an undiagnosed structural or electrical problem.  Unlike a heart attack where the heart will continue to try pumping blood, SCA is the sudden onset of an abnormal and lethal heart rhythm that causes the heart to stop. SCA strikes without warning for a number of reasons including genetic factors and cardiac abnormalities, and can develop as an adolescent or young adult. SCA is more likely to occur during exercise or physical activity, placing athletes with undiagnosed heart conditions at greater risk. SCA can also occur from a direct blow to the chest by a firm projectile (baseball, softball, lacrosse ball, or hockey puck) or by chest contact from another player. The symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest?  Sudden collapse, no pulse, no breathing, and loss of consciousness. A shock from a defibrillator is the only thing that can save a person in cardiac arrest.         Integrated screening programs utilizing ECG (electrocardiogram) offer the only model proven to reliably identify children at risk for SCA, and the only model with evidence suggesting early detection can reduce the rate of SCA in young people.

The goals of the Nick of Time screening program are:

  • To detect hidden heart conditions with the potential for sudden death in the young
  • To reduce SCA through early detection & appropriate medical interventions & activity modification
  • To raise awareness and educate schools and communities about SCA, warning symptoms, and the value of heart screening

What happens during a screening?

The Nick of Time Youth Heart Screen consists of:  reviewing a Heart Health Survey investigating signs and symptoms/family history of a cardiac condition, taking blood pressure & performing a physical exam and ECG. An on-site echocardiogram is conducted in cases with a positive finding on history, physical exam, or ECG. Each screen takes approximately 45 minutes including CPR-AED training.

When will the screenings take place? 

Wed, April 4, 2018 at Liberty High School Main Gym, 9am – 3pm

How can I register my student?

A completed Heart Health Survey must be submitted NO LATER THAN Tuesday, March 27th in order to get an appointment time.  Submit the survey to the Liberty Athletic Office either by dropping it off or scan/email Janine Menezes at  Heart screens are available by appointment only on a first come, first served basis for any child, athlete or not, ages 14-24 years, regardless where enrolled in school. We will contact you with your student’s appointment time. 

Questions regarding registration? Contact Janine Menezes, Athletic Secretary, at, 425.837.4806.

Questions regarding Heart Screen? Contact Suzanne Valach, School Nurse, at, 425.837.4812

To volunteer with PTSA to help with the Youth Heart Screening event please sign up here:  Sign up Genius – Nick of Time Youth Heart Screening