Followup: 250 checked at Nick of Time heart screenings

August 25, 2011 at 7:10 am | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

The Nick of Time Foundation says 250 young people came to the Galleria at Chief Sealth International High School on Wednesday for free heart screenings, and 14 needed followup. The organization offers the screenings in hopes of detecting hidden heart problems that can be deadly, as was the case for its namesake, 16-year-old Nick Varrenti.


  1. Great job! So glad to see so many took advantage of the process. Would love to hear from those who participated.

    Comment by Rockergirl5678 — 9:08 am August 25, 2011 #

  2. I’d love to hear whether the screening found any previously unknown heart issues in any of the participants. A “we potentially saved X lives” update would be great!

    Comment by A — 9:52 am August 25, 2011 #

  3. As a heart attack surviver at a young age (late 20s), it’s great to see these types of programs and the coverage here. Thank you Nick of Time Foundation and WSB!

    Comment by gene — 9:56 am August 25, 2011 #

  4. I don’t know if they’ll disclose that, but at least they noted that 14 required followup, and that alone could represent some saved lives – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:03 am August 25, 2011 #

  5. This is an amazing organization that saves lives! Thanks to the Nick of Time Foundation for bringing this to the families of West Seattle. Annual physicals and sports exams don’t include this type of testing, so this was a great opportunity to have kids checked.

    Comment by Lori — 10:58 am August 25, 2011 #

  6. My daughter went in for testing yesterday. They were very informative, very helpful, and although she needed to get the echo done while she was there because of some concerns on the extensive questions they asked, they determined her heart fine. She is a volleyball player so it is wonderful to have that peace of mind. Thank you to all the doctors and staff that were on site to help, give advice and the kids even got a quick crash course in CPR and how to use the portable defibrillator machine. I also got to meet the aunt of Nick Varrenti-such a sad story-so many children pictured when you walked in of lives lost too young. If even one life is saved by this testing, it is well worth the time out of your day to get it done. Thank you Nick of Time Foundation. You have helped ease my mind and that is priceless.

    Comment by LN — 11:56 am August 25, 2011 #

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