New Jersey To Require Cardiac Screenings For All Kids Under 19

CBS New York

DENVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey will soon be the first state in the nation to require health professionals to look for heart disease in young people during physical exams.

As CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported, right now, only student athletes are required to undergo cardiac screenings before playing organized sports. But concerns about sudden cardiac issues have broadened the requirement.

A genetic heart disorder took the lives of five members of Lisa Salberg’s family. Her sister, Lori, died at the young age of 36, and her father also died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – or HCM.

And at the age of 12, Salberg was diagnosed with the disorder herself. She is the founder and chief executive officer of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, based in Denville.

HCM involves a thickening of the heart, and doctors said it is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in children.

Salberg’s 19-year-old daughter, Becca, has…

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