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Young Hearts for Life



The Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program identifies high school and college students at risk for sudden cardiac death.  Each week sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 60 young adults in the United States.


YH4L, by working with area high schools and colleges, offers ECG testing to all students free-of-charge. To date, over 200,000 students have been screened and hundreds of young adults have been identified with previously unsuspected, life threatening, cardiac conditions.   


Screening consists of a quick, simple, painless ECG. Volunteers attach electrodes to the students’ chest and limbs in preparation for the ECG. The ECG machine monitors the electrical activity of the heart and prints out the information about heart rate and rhythm. A trained cardiologist then interprets the printed ECG.  The false abnormal rate for our program is less than 2%.  This rate is better than the false abnormal rate for most other screenings in healthcare.


Screening takes place during the school day in a private area designated by the school.  Screening will take place during the following periods for students (dependent upon student schedule):  PE/Health, Study Hall, ROTC, Lunch or otherwise scheduled by school.  All you as the parent/guardian need to do is to register your child on line at the REGISTRATION & EVENTS tab  / Registration and Results / click for Chicago Region High School Students / scroll down the “I am giving my permission for my child” button and click to complete registration form.


YH4L will be visiting the CHSD218 schools on the following dates:

Harold L. Richards High School, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 

Alan B. Shepard High School, Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Tuesday, April 16, 2018


If you would like to volunteer as a parent helper for this event please click link for your school below:

Richards: 10/9/18  -  click here:

Shepard: 10/30/18  -  click here:

Eisenhower:  4/16/19 – click here:


If you have questions regarding this program, please contact your school parent liaison

Richards:  Sara Bages or Sharon Renken

Shepard:  Kim Burke

Eisenhower:  Chevelle Miller or Amanda Castillo