Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Often there are no advance signs or symptoms and most routine physical exams will not pick up the defects. An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is usually necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, which is something normally not done in "well-child" checks or even some sports physicals.
In an effort to protect the hearts (and lives) of area middle and high school students, the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute is sponsoring Play Smart to provide free painless, non-invasive heart/health checks to youth aged 12-18.
Play Smart will have FREE screenings at several times and locations in the Portland Area. These Screenings:
To schedule a screening appointment, please call (503) 216-6800; for more information visit www.playsmartgetscreened.org. Here is some information on the times and locations of the free screenings:
- Are by appointment only
- Require a completed heart-health survey and the parent's/guardian's written consent form. Please access the heart-health surveys and consent forms at Play Smart FAQ page.
- Require that parent or guardian must accompany the student to the screening.
The Play Smart site also has a video that explains more about Play Smart and what a heart screening is like. Youth and parents should review it prior to their appointment.
- St. Vincent Medical Center - Weekly FREE screenings are offered 1:00-5:00pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except holidays), at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Cardiac Diagnostic Center, West Pavilion, 1st Floor.
- St. Vincent Medical Center - Saturday Screenings - The first Saturday of every month (except holidays), 8:00am-12:00pm at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Cardiac Diagnostic Center, West Pavilion, 1st Floor.
- Gateway Providence Heart Clinic - Weekly FREE screenings 3:30-5:30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except holidays), at Gateway Providence Heart Clinic, 1111 NE 99th, Ave., Portland.
While Play Smart screenings are free; this is a community service supported by donations. They ask for consideration of donations to keep this service accessible to the community.