Farmingdale State College will offer cardiovascular screenings, CPR training and a lecture on sudden cardiac arrest Wednesday on the Great Lawn.
The day commemorates Dominic A. Murray, a freshman at the college who died of the condition while playing pickup basketball two years ago.
Sudden cardiac arrest — a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating — is usually fatal, according to the National Heart Lung Blood Institute. But prompt treatment with a defibrillator, a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm, can save lives.
People who suffer from heart disease are at higher risk for the condition, though it can occur in people who appear healthy.
Wednesday’s event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the college’s Great Lawn, outside Roosevelt Hall. The campus is at 2350 Broadhollow Rd. in Farmingdale.