TENAFLY, N.J. — Learning that her friend's 9-year-old son nearly drowned of an undiagnosed heart condition while swimming on vacation is what Tenafly mother Jennifer Schwab Yanowitz said propelled her to make a change.
Yanowitz is offering free heart screenings for children between ages 8 and 18 at the Stillman School on March 12.
The equipment will be provided by Simon's Fund — a nonprofit organization that provides free heart screenings to communities around the United States — and the exams will be done by doctors from Englewood Hospital and HUMC.
“They can really understand on a more granular level what’s happening in children's hearts,” said Yanowitz, a mother of three children.
The doctors will find a heart problem in about one out of every 100 children screened, Yanowitz said. Parents of athletes should be especially concerned because one student athlete dies about every three days, according to a Journal of Athletic Training Study.
Yanowitz hopes that the American Medical Association will adopt screenings as a standard of care.
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