Free EKG screens for high school students

• Young Hearts for Life EKG program 2012

Staff Report

Sadly, we have all heard stories and read articles about teens, seemingly in peak athletic condition, who suddenly and shockingly have died during sports activities. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) claims the lives of 30 young adults every week in the United States.

The tragedy of these deaths for families and our communities is amplified when we realize how needless and preventable they are: one-third of these deaths may have been prevented through a simple, inexpensive heart screening. Midwest Heart Community Foundation, under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Marek, clinical cardiologist with Midwest Heart Specialists, is working to increase awareness of sudden cardiac death in young adults.

The Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program provides free EKG screenings to area students. Locally, Dr. Kenneth Brin of Midwest Heart Specialists and SwedishAmerican Health System are offering the screenings at SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital and Belvidere Medical Center. Appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes and begin at 6 p.m.

Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican: Wednesday, April 11; Tuesday, May 8; and Wednesday, June 6.

Belvidere Medical Center: Tuesday, April 17 and; Wednesday, May 16.

Register your child by calling Ann Sammons, (815) 968-4400, ext. 62894, or e-mail at

The following information is needed: Parent and student names, home address, phone number and e-mail; student birthdate, school and physician.

From the April 11-17, 2012, issue

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