Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screenings
With the support of generous donors, Lemont High School is partnering with the Midwest Heart Foundation and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital to offer all Lemont High School students free cardiac screenings. The Midwest Heart Foundation’s Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Cardiac Screening program will visit Lemont High School on Thursday, March 1, 2012. All students whose parents/guardians authorize them to be tested will be screened during the school day.
The Midwest Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free cardiac screenings – this includes an electrocardiogram (i.e., EKG or ECG), and also may include an echocardiogram. These screenings help identify high school students who may be at risk for sudden cardiac death. More than 65,000 students have been screened since the inception of the Young Hearts for Life program in 2006.
A simple 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. 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.
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.
Lemont High School and the Midwest Heart Foundation 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 1. Volunteer training is mandatory, and will be held during the evening on Wednesday, February 29.
Those interested in volunteering should download the volunteer form from the right side of that page and return it to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Midwest Heart Foundation Web site.
Questions also may be directed to Lemont High School Athletic Director John Young at (630) 243-3210
Frequently Asked Questions
Register for EKG Screening
Video: EKG Heart Screening for Students
Volunteer Form (March 2012)
Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Web site