Student Heart Check










Every year, students die from sudden cardiac arrest due to abnormal heart structure or abnormal rhythms. To help detect young people who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, Beaumont offers free heart checks to high school students that include:

  • medical history evaluation
  • blood pressure check
  • physical examination
  • electrocardiogram, or ECG
  • echocardiogram, quick look

This type of student cardiac screening is generally not included in the routine physical required before participating in school sports. The Beaumont Healthy Heart Check Student Heart Screening is designed for high school students ages 13 to 18. Younger children are not typically screened because structural abnormalities including abnormal heart muscle thickening, which is the most common cause of sudden death in the U.S., do not become apparent until later in adolescence.

Visit our frequently asked questions to learn more about the program and our age criteria or register for an upcoming screening.

Here are some statistics on the Student Healthy Heart Check program since it began in May 2007: 

  • 12,319 kids in Michigan have been screened
  • 1,305 needed some sort of follow up with a doctor
  • 164 were advised to stop sports until they follow up with a cardiologist
  • 7 have been found with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most serious of all heart issues we are trying to detect

Beaumont holds free community screenings on an ongoing basis or you can register for a student heart check at Ernst Cardiovascular Center at Beaumont, Royal Oak for $25. 

For more information, email Jennifer Shea, event coordinator.