HARRISBURG, Pa. - It's not something most students thing about, but on Sunday, teens were able to get check ups for their hearts. The screenings were held at Bishop McDevitt High School in Dauphin County. Students were offered vital checks and EKGs.
Pinnacle Health and the Peyton Walker Foundation teamed up for the event. The foundation was started in honor of 19-year-old Peyton Walker, a student at Trinity High School who died of a sudden heart attack in 2013.
"Being able to provide these heart screenings to give parents a peace of mind that their children are okay, is very rewarding to us, " Peyton's mother, Julie Walker said. "Also we had some significant findings today. We're giving additional screenings and testing so that they can find out if there are other issues going on."
Sudden cardiac arrest is the top cause of death for student athletes. Students between 12 and 19 years of age who aren't under the care of a cardiologists were welcome at the event.