You're Never Too Young For A Broken Heart, Nonprofit Says

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Heart attacks kill nearly 300,000 people a year, according to the American Heart Association.

Holly Morrell knows too much about what happens when heart problems go undetected, CNN reports. A series of heart attacks killed her aunt and grandmother at young ages and two brothers at during childhood:

The string of tragedies left the two families devastated. It also left Morrell with a sense of mission: to warn people who might be at risk. Morrell runs Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, a nonprofit organization that provides screening for young people at little or no cost...Morrell said, "Heart disease is the number one killer, and in the United States as a whole we should have early detection for heart disease. My program began with a focus on high school and collegiate athletes, but now I'm doing it for ages 5 and up."

To learn more about Morrell's mission to prevent cardiac arrest in youth and the controversy surrounding heart screenings for young people, read the full story at

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