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Cardiac Scans Offered In Waldwick

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Many people deal with cardiac complications but you don't generally think about them when you're in school.

One school had free screenings recently so that young adults may be able to catch complications early on, so that they can be treated in the future.

Waldwick High School played host to The Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation and Cardiac Scan to set up body scanning machines in order to screen students. The Foundation was established in honor of Sean Fisher, who passed away on August 25th, 2008.

Shelia Fisher, Sean's mother, spoke to why they started the foundation to begin these screenings.

"On our son's 13th birthday he collapsed from an undetected heart condition and subsequently passed away. To save parents from the shock and trauma from their kids passing from SCA, we started a foundation and we have a golf tournament that raises money for this every year," said Fisher.

So far 531 students have been screened since the program started 5 years ago, dozens have had significant abnormalities discovered.

Stephanie Root, who was performing the ultrasounds, said she saw a lot of normal hearts as well as things she's never seen before.

"Overall, in the last few weeks of doing schools, I've seen very abnormal features, some of them I've only seen in books," said Root.

Heart disease is very rare in young people, but early detection is key to preventing possible life threatening problems.

"Sean had to pass to make this happen, but thank god we are able to do this for other students," concluded Fisher.

If you want more information about the foundation you can visit their website: http://seanfishermemorialfoundation.org

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