Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more than 350,000 people each year. Anyone can experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), including infants, children, teens, young adults and people in their 30s and 40s who have no sign of heart disease, as well as more mature adults.

SCA is not a heart attack. A heart attack is caused by impeded blood flow through the heart. SCA is caused by a structural or electrical problem, often from an undetected heart condition, and in other instances, from an infection or a severe blow to the chest. In 90% of cases, the SCA victim is lost.

The Max Schewitz Foundation brings its HeartSmart EKG program to area high schools and organizations in hopes of detecting young adults before they are stricken.  In less than a month, we have found 17 students that were referred for additional testing. It’s a reminder why our services are needed. Those 17 families will follow up with a cardiologist and should live normal lives now that they know.  But, imagine if they didn’t know about their child’s hidden cardiac condition. Life could be very different for these families.

We urge you to sign your child up for an EKG at their school. For additional information about our program, visit www.HeartSmartEKG.org.  If we aren’t visiting your school this year, start the conversation with your pediatrician, download a pre-participation physical form and join our community online.  We will continue to fight for EKG’s to be a part of every child’s yearly physical.

HeartSmart EKG is in need of an echocardiogram machine to continue their work.  The Josh Church Foundation is organizing a fundraiser in memory of Josh, who suddenly collapsed and died of a hidden heart condition in 2016 at age 17.  Josh’s famous words, “RACE ME”, will continue on with their RACE ME Fundraiser to benefit HeartSmart EKG.  We hope you will support us by attending or donating to our fundraiser on Nov. 17, 2019 at The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee.  Additional information is available on www.events.org/RACEMEFUNDRAISER.


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