Doctors, nurses, and a massive number of local students crowded into Andover High School on Wednesday, April 20th for check up that could have saved their life. Following recent tragedies in the area, including Andover student Peter Catcho’s death due to cardiac arrest, Beaumont Hospital offered a free heart testing for any high school student. And while some say that tests were just for the children of over concerned parents, most agree that it was a necessary precaution for athletes.
The free screening, which can often cost hundreds of dollars, was held from 3 to 7 PM on the 20th. After waiting in the cafeteria, students were called into the gym where their blood pressure was checked. Students were then called individually into a private room, where an assistant administered an Electrocardiogram (ECG) to measure their heart rates. Doctors from Beaumont finished the testing by monitoring students’ hearts.
While most students were cleared to continue on with their typical athletic regimen, some were not so lucky. A select few were recommended to set a follow up appointment, to ensure their safety.
“Think about it, how many people must walk around with a heart condition, not finding out until it’s too late?” says So. Jazmynn Croskey. “It was a good thing for Beaumont to reach out to the local community.”
For Lahser students who missed the screening at Andover and wish to have their heart checked, opportunities are still available. Beaumont will be offering the same check at Milford High School on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st. And even though it may be a long shot, a visit may just keep you alive.