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Free heart screenings for students in York County

The Peyton Walker Foundation is offering a free heart screening clinic for York County students next week.

Named for a Camp Hill student who died from sudden cardiac arrest a year after graduation, the foundation aims to catch heart conditions early, according to a news release from the foundation.

The organization states it has screened close to 1,000 students at previous events and identified significant heart conditions.

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“Students do not receive an electrocardiogram screening, or EKG, as part of their routine physicals — and without an EKG, many heart issues can go undiagnosed,"  foundation director Julie Walker said in the release.

"The entire process takes less than 30 minutes — it is time well spent,” she added.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Apple Hill Medical Center, Entrance A, 25 Monument Road in York Township.

Students 12 to 19 years of age will receive a vital-sign check and EKG screening, according to the foundation. If results indicate the need for additional testing, the clinic also will provide free echocardiograms, which are more advanced than EKGs.

The foundation states that each participating family will have the opportunity to meet with a health care professional to discuss results and will receive a copy of their child's EKG and an emailed summary of the visit.

State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill is hosting a public information meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove. Submitted/photo

The screening event will be held in partnership with the office of state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township; Penn State Children’s Hospital; and WellSpan Health.

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Penn State Children’s Hospital physicians will conduct the screenings with support from WellSpan Health medical staff.

Students will learn helpful skills during their visit, according to the foundation, such as how to perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

Appointments are required to take part in the clinic, and parents are encouraged to register early because space is limited.

To register, visit www.peytonwalker.org.