Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screenings
With the support of generous donors, Lemont High School again is partnering with Young Hearts for Life and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital to offer all Lemont High School students free cardiac screenings. The Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Cardiac Screening program will visit Lemont High School on Friday, March 11, 2016. All students whose parents/guardians authorize them to be tested will be screened during the school day.
Young Hearts for Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free cardiac screenings through an electrocardiogram (i.e., EKG or ECG). These screenings help identify high school students who may be at risk for sudden cardiac death. More than 130,000 students have been screened since the inception of the Young Hearts for Life program in 2006.
Lemont High School has seen more than 1,600 students receive free cardiac screenings between its events in 2012 and 2014!
A simple, painless EKG can be used to screen physically active students and detect certain serious heart conditions. Recording the heart’s electrical activity using electrodes attached to the skin with a mild adhesive, an EKG can detect approximately 60 percent of the “abnormalities” or markers from heart conditions associated with sudden cardiac death - including conditions that cannot be detected through a regular physical. Sadly, 60 young adults die each week from sudden cardiac death, and 70 percent of those deaths can be prevented by having an EKG.
EKG testing is recommended every two years, through the age of 25.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss EKG screenings with their children. This program is open to all students - athletes and non-athletes, alike - and students’ confidentiality, privacy and modesty will be respected throughout all aspects of the program. Boys and girls will be screened in separate areas, and results will be shared ONLY with parents. No one at Lemont High School will have access to the results of these screenings.
Even if your child was tested during a previous Young Hearts for Life screening session, it is important for him/her to be tested again!
To learn more about cardiac screenings, click on the link on the right side of the page to view an informational video.
Parents/guardians who wish to register their children may do so by clicking on the link on the right side of the page. Students must be registered by March 9, 2016. (Note: Parents/guardians should use their child(ren)'s school-issued, five-digit ID as the 'Student ID' when prompted. It is the same number that students use for cafeteria purchases.)
Parents/guardians who have any difficulties registering their children online may call Young Hearts for Life at (630) 785-4366, or click here to contact Young Hearts for Life's Kathy Marek via e-mail. Parents/guardians who are unable to register online may click here to download a registration form, which should be returned to Athletics/Activities Administrative Assistant Deb Finnegan.
Lemont High School and Young Hearts for Life are seeking both male and female adult volunteers to assist with EKG screenings. Many types of volunteer positions are available; volunteers do not need to have a medical background. Volunteers are needed to check in students, to be “runners,” to apply patches for EKG leads, and to assist in other ways.
Volunteers are needed both for morning and afternoon shifts on March 11. Volunteer training is mandatory, and will be held during the evening on Thursday, March 10.
Those interested in volunteering should click on the link on the right side of the page and complete the survey. Potential volunteers who have questions may click here to contact a volunteer coordinator.
For More Information
For more information on the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening program, call (630) 785-4366, or click here to visit the Young Hearts for Life Web site.
Questions also may be directed to Lemont High School Director of Activities & Athletics John Young at (630) 243-3210.
Frequently Asked Questions
Register for EKG Screening
Video: EKG Heart Screening for Students
Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Web site
Young Hearts for Life - 2014 Recap
Young Hearts for Life - 2012 Recap