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 tentatively is scheduled to visit Lemont High School on March 26, 2020. 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 200,000 students have been screened since the inception of the Young Hearts for Life program in 2006.
Lemont High School has seen approximately 3,400 students receive free cardiac screenings between its events in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017!
- Why an EKG Screening?
- Student Registration
- Volunteer Opportunities
- For More Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Previous YH4L Event Recaps
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 60 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.
Students who were tested during a previous Young Hearts for Life screening session should be tested again!
Parents/guardians may click on the banner above to register their students. Students must be registered by September 19, 2017 (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 contact Young Hearts for Life's Kathy Marek via e-mail by clicking on her name. Parents/guardians who are unable to register online may 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 September 21. Volunteer training is mandatory, and will be held during the evening on Wednesday, September 20.
Those interested in volunteering should click on the banner above and complete the survey. Potential volunteers who have questions may contact volunteer coordinator Laura Nagel via e-mail by clicking on her name.
For more information on the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening program, call (630) 785-4366, or visit the Young Hearts for Life website.
Questions also may be directed to Lemont High School Director of Activities & Athletics John Young at (630) 243-3210, or via e-mail by clicking on his name.