Festival of Trees - Our Cause

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute is the largest provider of cardiac services in Oregon. More than 80 highly skilled cardiologists and surgeons care for 13,000 patients each year, integrating patient education and prevention with advanced diagnostics and treatment.

This year’s Festival of Trees event will support the institute’s new youth cardiac screening program: Play Smart.

It takes a community – parents, teachers, coaches, medical professionals and you – to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young people. Increased access to automated external defibrillators, CPR training, and proactive youth cardiac screenings will go a long way toward saving young lives in our community.

The most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, an inherited disease that affects 1 in 500 people. HCM can thicken the heart’s walls and cause it to beat in dangerous rhythms. While symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting, some kids with HCM have no symptoms at all.

Other causes of sudden cardiac arrest include coronary artery anomalies, Marfan syndrome, commotio cordis and electrical abnormalities, such as long QT syndrome. Play Smart screenings help detect these abnormalities in youth, and Providence Heart and Vascular Institute provides these screenings free of charge. Help us give Oregon youth a healthy tomorrow and a brighter future.

In addition to Play Smart, the Festival of Trees helps support Providence Cancer Center, Providence Child Center, Providence Hospice, Providence Medication Assistance Program and more.