Families are devastated when a seemingly healthy young adult dies from a hidden heart condition. Max Schewitz appeared to be a healthy 20-year-old the day he died from a hidden heart problem. After such tragedies, people ask “Isn’t there a way to find these kids before they collapse and die?” An EKG test can help!
An EKG can detect approximately 94% of hidden heart conditions. While a single EKG can’t catch everyone at risk, it can catch many. Better yet, there are treatment options for every heart condition, allowing those with abnormal EKG results to avoid sudden cardiac death.
Like any screening test, an EKG needs to be repeated to monitor changes in the heart. An EKG is recommended every two years between the ages of 14-28, and of course any time symptoms appear.
High school participants receive an electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG or EKG. Additionally, certain students selected by the cardiologists will also receive a limited echocardiogram at no additional cost
School-wide high school cardiac screenings vary in cost, but average $20-$25 per student. Some schools choose to underwrite the cost of the screening for their students.
See the REGISTER box on the Home Page and click on the school your child attends to register. (Note: Student must be a registered student at that school).
If your school is near Lake County, Illinois and is interested in having HeartSmart EKG provide EKGs to your students, please contact Kathy Aykroid, Executive Director at [email protected].
All screenings rely on adult volunteer help. No prior experience is required. Volunteers will be trained by our cardiologists and team leaders to conduct a portion of an EKG test. Please indicate your interest in volunteering when registering your child for testing, or visit the Volunteering Section for links.