More than 220 teens and young adults showed up for a free heart screening courtesy of a program called Straight from the Heart by the Jordan Johnson Foundation.
Turnout at the Post Falls event on Saturday surprised organizer Cyndie (Johnson) Lempesis, whose son Jordan died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006. The Post Falls student was just 15 years old.
Lempesis told the Coeur d’Alene Press (http://bit.ly/qYdmVl) she was thrilled by the numbers and hopes to offer the screening every spring and fall. Besides advising students of any potential heart problems, the data will be used in a University of Washington study on heart problems. Ten of those who attended were advised of abnormalities and told to talk to their doctors for follow-up.
Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com