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Southside Hospital’s pediatric cardiology team will provide free cardiac risk assessments and heart health information for teenagers on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free screening is part of the hospital’s Body Metrics, Evaluate, Assess and Teach (BEAT) program, which has been made possible through a grant from local charitable group Gavin’s Got Heart.

On Dec. 7, Southside Hospital pediatric cardiologists and other health care practitioners will evaluate teenagers’ blood cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and the electrical activity of their heart through an electrocardiogram (EKG). 

In addition to diagnostic testing, which will take place at hospital’s pre-surgical testing area, students will learn best practices to keep their hearts healthy. That includes exercise and nutritional tips as well as training on how to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator to help others who might be in cardiac distress.

“This is the fourth year we have been performing these screenings for our local teenagers with the generous help of Gavin’s Got Heart and I am so pleased that we have helped so many of our kids learn how to stay healthy throughout their lives,” said Barry Goldberg, MD, chief of pediatric cardiology at Southside Hospital and the creator of the BEAT program.

“Teenagers who find out now that they may have heart disease risk factors can do so much to take steps to lead a healthier life,” he added.

Teenagers who attend the free screening with a guardian’s permission do not need a physician referral and all medical results will be shared with the child’s personal physician and remain confidential.

To get the best results for the blood glucose and other tests, students are encouraged not to eat prior to the exam and will be provided breakfast after their tests.

To pre-register for the event, go to teencardiacscreening.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 631-968-3667.