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September 26: Young Hearts 4 Life

Young Hearts for Life

August 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to bring the Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program to William Fremd High School on Thursday, September 26, 2019. 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 230,000 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.

Enclosed you will find a permission form that will allow your student to be tested. We prefer that you complete this registration process on line. Online registration is now available. If you do not have access to a computer, please return the permission form to the school.

The Young Hearts For Life® Cardiac Screening is being provided this year to the students by YH4L and William Fremd High School. 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.

Sincerely,

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


Free ECG Screening

Thursday, September 26, 2019

TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THIS FREE SCREENING:

Please go to www.YH4L.org

  1. Hover on Registration and Events
  2. Click Registration and Results
  3. Select Chicago/Chicago Suburbs
  4. Click on the permission button to access the Registration Page

You will need your student’s School ID number to register.

TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER:

Thank you for your interest in helping us provide ECG screenings to the students at Wm. Fremd HS on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions held the evening before the screening and choose a shift to volunteer for the day of the screening.

We're using SignUp.com for volunteer sign up for our event with Young Hearts for Life.

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to create an account on com)
  3. Sign up! Be sure to sign up for your training session AND your volunteer shift the day of the

SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders

Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact: Jodi Roos at Jodi_euler@yahoo.com 

For more information about YH4L, please visit our website, www.YH4L.org.