Register your child for the Free ECG Screening
All students must be registered online by their parents/guardians prior to May 3, 2018 in order to participate. To sign-up your child for this FREE screening, which will take place during their PE class, please visit www.YH4L.org and click on the drop down button that says Registration & Events. Click on Chicago Metropolitan Region and then choose Schaumburg High School.
We need your help! Register to volunteer!
In order to make this event successful, we need the support of our SHS parents and community volunteers in helping us provide ECG screenings to the students at Schaumburg High School on May 3, 2018. The screening is offered during the school day through PE classes.
All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. You can select a training session at either 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. On May 3, 2018, you can volunteer for an all day shift (6:45 am – 2:45 pm – lunch provided); or the AM shift (6:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.); or the PM Shift (10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.).
The following letter is from Dr. Joseph Marek, the founder of Young Hearts for Life. Below is information and links on how you can register your student for a free heart screening through the Young Hearts for Life program that will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Schaumburg High School during PE classes. We are looking for parent/community volunteers to make this event successful. There is also information on how you can sign-up to volunteer that day and support SHS students!
We are pleased to bring the Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program to Schaumburg High School on May 3, 2018. All students whose parents authorize them to be tested will be screened. Please be aware that repeat ECG testing is recommended every two (2) years.
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. To date, over 170,000 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 less than 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.
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, with privacy curtains.
Students must be registered in order to participate in the screening on May 3rd. You can register your student at www.YH4L.org.
The Young Hearts For Life Cardiac Screening is being provided this year to the students by YH4L and Hoofin’ 4 Hardy. For more information about this program, please visit our website at http://www.yh4l.org/. If you have questions, please contact us at 630-785-4366.
Joseph Marek, MD
Founder & Medical Director, Young Hearts for Life® Cardiac Screening Program
Cardiologist, Advocate Medical Group