Olivia's Heart Project Olivia Hoff

Meet Olivia

At 14 years old, she was the picture of perfect health. Active in sports and full of life and dreams for the futures, until her life, and her dreams, came to a tragic and sudden end as a result of Sudden Cardiac Arrest from a heart defect that might have been detected with the proper testing.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

What is SCA?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not a heart attack. It’s an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that abruptly stops the heartbeat. It’s fatal in 92 percent of cases if not properly treated within minutes. Among teens in the U.S., 1 in 100 have an underlying heart condition that can put them at risk.

Olivia's Heart Project Heart screening

Community Heart Screenings

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Keep Young Hearts Beating. Get your teens screened for heart defects and abnormalities that, if undiagnosed, could lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and potentially death. Screenings are fast, free, confidential and non-invasive.

Third Community Heart Screening Identifies Issues In 5 Children!

We were able to screen a total of 103 kids.

Olivia’s Heart Project Founder featured in Bakersfield Life Magazine’s Women Moving our Community.

Our Vision

Corrine and OliviaOur vision at Olivia’s Heart Project is to increase awareness and prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in children and young adults through Community Heart Screenings, education and increased accessibility to life saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s). By working with the Kern High School District to place AED’s on every Kern high school campus, and by joining forces with Start A Heart Bakersfield, a coalition of our local healthcare organizations, our plan is to educate and train school personnel and coaches with CPR and AED training to increasing the survival rate from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

As we push forward into our second year, we plan to begin bi-annual heart screening events for your adults, ages 12 to 18. Through donations and your support we plan to take our mission as far as our message can reach so we can all work together to Keep Young Hearts Beating!

Woman trying to keep young hearts beating

Of all the things the mother of a teenage girl has to worry about — grades, boys, college — a heart attack generally is not at the top of the list.

But Corinne Ruiz is the tragic exception. Her otherwise healthy daughter, Olivia Corinne Hoff, died unexpectedly at age 14 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Unbeknownst to her mother and doctors, the bright, energetic cheerleader was suffering from a heart condition known as Long QT syndrome — a condition, Ruiz is convinced, that could have been detected and treated.…
Click here to read the article on Bakersfield.com

Olivia's Heart Project Olivia Corinne Hoff
“Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of non-traumatic sudden death in children and young adults
and usually is the result of an undiagnosed cardiovascular disorder.”

Join us in educating California to save lives!


Heart Screening – October 2019

FREE Community Heart Screenings! Through screenings and early detection, thousands of young lives can be saved.

BPD K-9 Trials

Bakersfield Police Department K-9 Trials: Family fun + supporting Olivia’s Heart Project


Olivia’s Heart Project Receives Grant from Walmart

Olivia’s Heart Project Receives Grant from Walmart We are so grateful to Walmart for selecting Olivia’s Heart Project to receive a $1,000 donation.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jumpstarts SSUSD AED Program

All schools in the Sierra Sands Unified School District are now equipped with life-saving devices; Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs.