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We are pleased to bring the Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program to Downers Grove South High School on October 26, 2017. All students whose parents provide permission and register them to be tested will be screened. Please be aware that repeat ECG testing is recommended every two (2) years up to the age of 25.

YH4L will provide this free heart screening called an electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify high school students at risk for sudden cardiac death and to increase the public's awareness of this issue. The screening is non-invasive and takes approximately three minutes to complete. To date over 130,000 students have been screened as a result of YH4L. More information about the screening can be found on the YH4L website (www.yh4l.org).

A simple ECG, when used to screen young adults can detect certain serious heart conditions. Recording the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes attached to the skin with a mild adhesive, can detect approximately 60% of the abnormalities or “markers” from these heart conditions that are associated with sudden cardiac death that a stethoscope cannot. Please note that ECG screenings result in approximately 2% of the tests being falsely positive. This may require additional evaluation and testing by your physician. We believe that the benefit of this potentially lifesaving screening outweighs this concern.

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We encourage you to discuss this screening with your child. Your child’s participation in the screening is your decision. We want to assure you that students’ confidentiality, privacy and individual modesty will be respected throughout all aspects of the program. Only female technicians will test girls and they will be screened in an area separate from boys.

For your convenience, the permission and registration form that will allow your student to be tested can be completed online by going to this link or the registration button posted above. We prefer that you complete this registration process online. Online registration is now available!

If you do not have access to a computer, please download the registration form here or click the "download registration form" button listed below, and return the permission form to the South High School main office in room A102.

We will need over 80 adult volunteers for the high school screening event. To volunteer please register online by going here or the volunteer spot button posted above. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training program. Those dates and times are found in the volunteer spot Link.

The Young Hearts For Life® Cardiac Screening is being provided this year to the students by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kenneth Holland Memorial Fund. For more information about this program, please visit our website. If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Marek at 630-785-4366. For more information about EKG screenings, visit the frequently asked questions webpage.


Joseph Marek, MD
Founder & Medical Director, Young Hearts for Life® Cardiac Screening Program
Cardiologist, Advocate Medical Group

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