Screening young hearts to prevent cardiac arrest

104 teens showed up to have their hearts screened at Bakersfield Heart Hospital

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 104 local teens showed up to the Bakersfield Heart Hospital to have their heart screened to prevent heart abnormalities. 

School is underway and fall sports are keeping local kids active across the Golden Empire, but health experts say there are some precautions student athletes should take that could be the difference between life and death. 

Although rare, young teens who have their whole lives ahead of them have been taken too soon because of various heart complications. Some conditions have noticeable symptoms, while others have no signs at all. 

Olivia Hoff was a normal, healthy and active teenager who was always involved in sports and cheerleading. Her life was cut short at age 14, when she suddenly died from cardiac arrest. 

"To lose a child is the worst loss you never, never get over it. I cry every day, but to lose a child to cardiac arrest, which can be detected and prevented, that hurts even more because these kids can be saved," said Corinne Ruiz, Olivia's mother.

If you want to sign up for the next free screening, search Olivia's Heart Project on our website.


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