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Cardiac Screening at Waubonsie Valley High School - April 23 and 24

March 2, 2015

Dear Parents,


We are pleased to bring the Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program to Waubonsie Valley High School on April 23 & 24, 2015. All students whose parents authorize them to be tested will be screened. Please be aware that repeat ECG testing is recommended every two years.


YH4L provides free cardiac screenings which include an ECG (electrocardiogram) and may include a screening ECHO (echocardiogram) to identify high school students at risk for sudden cardiac death and to increase the public's awareness of this issue. To date over 100,000 students have been screened as a result of YH4L. 


A simple ECG, when used to screen physically active young persons 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 approximately 2% of the tests being falsely positiveThis may require additional evaluation and testing by your physician. We believe that the benefit of this potentially life saving 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 son or daughter to be tested. We prefer that you complete this registration process on line. On line 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 to Waubonsie Valley High School by Indian Prairie Educational Foundation, CN, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, and Waubonsie Valley High School. For more information about this program, please visit our website at www.yh4l.orgIf you have questions, please contact us at 630-785-4366. 


Joseph Marek, MD Medical Director, Young Hearts for Life®

Cardiologist, Advocate Medical Group


Please register online for the April 23. 24 screenings at WVHS. Follow the prompts and select Waubonsie Valley. Online registration is the preferred method.
If you are unable to complete the online registration, you may fill out this form and return it to the school.


Young Hearts for Life®

Frequently Asked Questions about ECG Screening

1. What is an ECG? An ECG is a completely painless test which evaluates the health of your heart. It measures your heart rate and electrical activity.

2. What does it mean if my child’s screening ECG finding indicates that further evaluation is needed?
It may indicate the presence of a serious cardiac condition that may require further follow up testing and treatment by a physician.

3. Will additional testing be needed?
Your child’s physician will determine the need for further testing and treatment.

4. How soon should I have my child see a physician?
If your child’s ECG result shows further evaluation is needed, you should have your child examined by your family physician within two weeks of being notified of the results of the screening ECG.

5. Will a diagnosis be made based on my child’s screening ECG?
No. A clinical diagnosis can only be made incorporating the EKG findings with a history and physical performed by a physician. If you are told your child needs additional follow up, you will receive a copy of the ECG and one can be sent to your child’s physician.

6. Will my child’s results be shared with the school?
Absolutely not. This is healthcare information that will only be shared with you. No information will be shared with anyone without your express written permission.

7. If my child’s screening ECG finding indicates the need for follow up evaluation and testing with a physician does that mean he/she has a life threatening condition?
Possibly 2% of screening ECGs will result in “false positive” findings. A false positive ECG indicates a defect may exist, but further testing shows there is no problem. We realize that this may cause some anxiety for parents. We believe that the benefit of this potentially life-saving screening outweighs this concern.You need to decide for yourself if this risk is worth it or not.

8. If my child’s ECG is within normal limits, does this mean that they have a healthy heart?
An ECG can only detect 60% of those at risk for sudden cardiac death. There are some conditions that cannot be detected with an ECG. Until further testing is available this is the best tool to detect those at risk. The ECG is a supplement to your physician’s evaluation of your child.It is recommended that you also complete a questionnaire (sent with the results of your child’s ECG) which evaluates for symptoms and family history clues that may require further evaluation by your physician.

9. If my child’s ECG is within normal limits, does it need to be repeated again in future years?
Current international recommendations are to repeat the ECG every other year through age 25.



Please Volunteer to Help


It is estimated that over 200 adult volunteers are needed for each high school screening event. To volunteer at Waubonsie Valley High School, please register online at  

All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training program.

Yes! I will volunteer to participate in the Young Hearts for Life® Cardiac Screening Program.

I understand that I will be committed to working a minimum of four (4) continuous hours on the screening day. I also understand that I must attend one of the training sessions (listed below).  

Please click here to sign up online 



4/22/2015                        New Volunteers
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 

              7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


              Returning Volunteers

              5:30 pm - 5:45 pm

              7:00 pm – 7:15 pm    

Screening Day:


4/23/2015                         6:45 am – 11:30 am

                                       10:45 am – 2:25 pm

4/24/2015                         6:45 am – 11:30 am

                                       10:45 am – 2:25 pm                  



We kindly ask our volunteers to wear dark pants and a white shirt on screening day.

A light lunch will be provided to those helping all day.


Thank you,

Waubonsie Valley High School


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