Students at Simon Kenton High School underwent heart screenings to determine their risk for a sudden heart attack.
Sudden cardiac arrest claimed the life of Simon Kenton student, Cameron Batson.
Batson's mom started a non-profit that conducts heart screenings and CPR training.
INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) -
It's estimated that up to 450,000 people each year suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the United States, and some of those victims are teenagers.
As a result, students at Simon Kenton High School underwent heart screenings on Wednesday to determine their risk for a sudden heart attack.
A total of 200 students had an Electrocardiogram (EKG),a limited ultrasound and their blood pressure checked to determine their risk for sudden cardiac arrest. It's a condition which claimed the life of one of their fellow students, Cameron Batson, nearly 3 years ago.
Cameron's mother, Laura, says it's a day she'll never forget. "He passed away on October 6, 2010 on the soccer field."
Laura Batson still grieves the loss of her son Cameron, but has started a non-profit called Cameron's Cause, which conducts heart screenings and CPR training.
"I do not want any parent to suffer what we went through," said Batson.
Cameron's Cause teamed up with Cincinnati Children's Hospital to conduct the screenings at Kenton High School.
Cardiologist Dr. Nicolas Madsen says there are risk factors that threaten long term heart health, including high blood pressure, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Blake Powell, a 14-year-old, found out he has one of those risk factors.
"They said I was alright, but I need to go to the doctor's to get checked out again for my blood pressure," said Powell.
It's estimated that up to 1 in 5 teenagers has hypertension, or high blood pressure. This can lead to premature heart disease, which is something 17-year-old Jasmine Cahill says she worries about.
"It does, considering I play sports so we have to get them checked quite frequently to make sure something like Cameron had doesn't happen to me," said Cahill.
Senior Brandon Yankee says sudden cardiac arrest is something he thinks about, as well.
"I play basketball and just imagining someone dropping on the floor like that is heartbreaking," Yankee said.
Dr. Madsen says the students also learn what to do if someone does go into cardiac arrest.
"We're also teaching every child to perform CPR, and how to use an automated external defibrillator called an AED," he revealed.
Two more heart screenings will be held at other Northern Kentucky schools this year, and there are plans to expand the program to Ohio.
Sunday, March 9 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-03-09 18:40:44 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The coroner released the identity of a woman who was hit and killed by someone driving a van. The accident occurred Sunday around 4:36 a.m. on Preston Highway at Pinecroft DriveMore >>
The accident occurred Sunday around 4:36 a.m. on Preston Highway at Pinecroft Drive near Blue Lick Road in the Okolona neighborhood of Louisville.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-03-09 21:50:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A business was evacuated due to a gas leak as hazmat crews continue to work to secure the area, according to Louisville Metrosafe. Dispatchers confirmed the business is in theMore >>
Fire crews were able to set up a water line and fog curtain to approach the tank and shut off the valve. The leak was contained at 12:56 p.m.More >>
Sunday, March 9 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-03-09 18:38:57 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have responded to a fatal car accident early Sunday morning. Around 4:45, the accident was reported in Okolona, at Preston Highway and Blue Lick Road. Police aren'tMore >>
Around 4:45 a.m., the accident was reported in Okolona at Preston Highway and Blue Lick Road.
Friday, March 7 2014 9:42 PM EST2014-03-08 02:42:29 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One man is dead after an accident involving three vehicles in south Louisville. According to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner RD Jones, Ricky Duncan, 54, was driving a Ford escortMore >>
The Louisville Metro Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the crash.More >>
725 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY 40203