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Study: One in seven high school students could have a heart issue

Is high school too early to worry about heart health? Not at all, according to screenings conducted last school year in Hillsborough.

In 2011, 600 students consented to the free, grant-funded screenings at All Children's Hospital for an academic study. The results, published in March in the journal Pediatr Cardiol, weren't good: Fourteen percent had borderline or abnormal electro-cardiograms. Most showed no symptoms of heart trouble. Two indicated a potential for sudden cardiac death. Twenty-five percent were overweight or obese.

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