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Leon County sixth-graders to receive heart screenings

Paper heart and stethoscope

Heart disease: It’s the number one cause of death on school campuses and for student athletes. Fortunately, it is also preventable.

To help combat sudden cardiac arrest among adolescents, Leon County sixth-graders can receive free preventative heart screenings this August and September through a national initiative called SafeBeat, in partnership with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The heart screenings help detect potential abnormalities so symptoms can be treated and fatalities prevented.

Roughly 2,600 students will be served across eight middle schools in Leon County over the next two months. Learn more about sudden cardiac arrest here.

Brianna Shoaf, CoreMessage, Inc.

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