Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be doing Cardiac Screening Program at Barrington High School on December 7, 2017.
All students whose parents authorize them to be tested will be screened. Even if your child has been tested in the past, it is recommended every two (2) years.
YH4L will provide this free heart screening called an electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify high school students at risk of sudden cardiac death and to increase the public's awareness of this issue. To date, over 150,000 students have been screened as a result of YH4L. More information about the screening can be found on the YH4L website.
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. ECG screenings result in only 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.
YH4L encourages 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.
To sign your child up for this FREE screening, please go to www.YH4L.org and click on the drop-down button that says Registration & Events. Click on Chicago Metropolitan Region and then choose your child’s school.
The Young Hearts For Life® Cardiac Screening is being provided this year to the students by YH4L and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. For more information about this program, please visit the website at http://www.yh4l.org/.
If you have questions, please contact them at 630-785-4366.