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October 16, 2017
Electrocardiograms (EKG’s) will be given to every student who signed up for the cardiac screenings, and YH4L specially trained cardiologists will be present to interpret the results.
September 14, 2017
Sam was one of as many as 10 Hinsdale Central students who had abnormal EKGs. The screenings were offered to all students thanks to three entities: a foundation called just1mike, the Young Hearts For Life foundation and Advocate Medical Group.
A mother’s loss inspired a potentially life-saving event for students at a suburban school. (ABC News Video)
June 2, 2017
Chris Storm’s Young Hearts For Life screening led to a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal heart condition.
April 6, 2017
In one of this year’s Health Care Marketing classes at Loyola University, junior and seniors have partnered with Young Hearts for Life (YH4L), a group offering free electrocardiograms (ECGs) to high school students in the Chicagoland area. Instead of volunteering with YH4L though, HSM students will be developing a new marketing and communications plan for the organization.
March 26, 2017
In April, hundreds of Joliet Catholic Academy students will have electrocardiogram tests on their hearts. The simple, noninvasive EKGs are designed to catch cardiac electrical abnormalities that can cause sudden death. A special thank you to Team Podz for sponsoring this event.
February 2, 2017
Students and volunteers participated in the Young Hearts for Life heart screening program during all gym classes. 76 percent of the student population had screenings at Metea High School.
September 6, 2016
After a student from OPRF went into cardiac arrest, his parents made it their mission to have the students at OPRF be screened for conditions associated with sudden cardiac death.
The media is full of medical debates and one of those you may have heard is “to screen or not to screen ” That has been the debate for years. Dr Marek is one of the authors of an exceptional editorial written for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Heart Screenings to Prevent Another Young Adult from Dying
August 20, 2015
Free heart screenings for East Aurora High School students in memory of Dan Podczerwinski, known as Podz to his many friends, who died Memorial Day, 2013, of cardiomyopathy. “If this screening at East High saves just one life,” said Sue, Dan’s mom, “All of this will have been worth it.”
August 10, 2015
YH4L Receives 2015 Best of Oakbrook Terrace Award
“Each year, the Oakbrook Terrace Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Oakbrook Terrace area a great place to live, work and play.”
June 4, 2015
“You never want to find a result,” Schroeder said. “You never want to have a hit like that, but knowing that we did, we know that potentially it could save a life of a child.”
May 5, 2015
“As a cardiologist, one of the most challenging things I have to deal with is sudden cardiac death, said Dr. Joseph Marek.”
April 16, 2015
WGN Live News Broadcast at Maine East High School with Dr. Joseph Marek, Founder and Medical Director of the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program.
April 13, 2015
April 11, 2015
Plainfield, Oswego, Shorewood, and Joliet communities are now developing plan to provide ECG screenings to students after the tragic loss of an eighth grade student in February due to an undetected heart condition.
April 9, 2015
Youth cardiac screenings take place at York Community High School thanks to a grant from Elmhurst Hospital.
March 17, 2015
A young hockey player experiencing a cardiac arrest in October, 2014 was a wake up call to screen the other players and their siblings.
February 26, 2015
“We are very fortunate to have community members wanting to help,” says Dr. Marek.
February 25, 2015
AMSSM & FIFA Hold 2nd Summit on ECG Interpretation in Athletes with Top Worldwide Sports Cardiology Experts
Dr. Joseph Marek was among the international group of physician experts who attended the 2015 Summit this month to establish a consensus on ECG standards to improve cardiac safety and impact sudden cardiac death in athletes.
February 12, 2015
Rashann Ford, 17, a senior, was excited to have the test done….”They are really saving lives here.”
February 11, 2015
“This event helps determine whether there are any heart abnormalities in our student-athletes,” said Skyla Strum, a junior athletic training major who helped administer the tests. “It’s really cool how that we get to organize this event, while gaining experience and learning more about how the heart works.”
February 5, 2015
“Aggelopoulos was a football player since kindergarten. He was in good shape. Why in the heck did he pass out after a routine workout?”
Taking Action versus Sitting on the Sidelines
December 7, 2014
Mr. Dale Nickos visits Harold L. Richards High School to encourage students to participate in the upcoming Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening after losing his son, Tim, unexpectedly from an undetected heart condition.
November 2, 2014
“The whole idea is to try and detect things before they get symptoms because a lot of kids have never had health problems,” said Frank Zimmerman, a pediatric cardiologist and member of the Young Hearts for Life Medical Advisory Committee.
June 23, 2014
Dr. Marek, among those contributing to this Wall Street Journal article, says “We have certainly identified a whole host of kids who had previously undiagnosed conditions, some of them quite serious.” YH4L student advocate interviewed agrees with the push to screen.
May 28, 2014
New law passed in Illinois. Students will be required to learn CPR.
Dr. Marek, one step ahead, has already been teaching students CPR at Butler Junior High for several years.
May 9, 2014
More than 3,000 young adults in the United States die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, 82% of cardiovascular deaths have occurred during physical activity.
March 25, 2014
Mr. Dale Nickos lost Tim, his 17 year old son, just before his senior year at Oak Lawn Community
High School. The autopsy revealed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that often can be identified with an ECG.
January 24, 2014
Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program, nationally known for its unique model, screened its 100,000th student Friday, January 24th at Montini High School for conditions that cause sudden cardiac death.
First Hand Experience from Experts & Families
February 20, 212
Dr. Marek was among the panel of experts establishing ECG interpretation standards distinguishing physiologic adaptations in athletes from ECG findings suggestive of pathology.
March 30, 2012
With first hand experience of losing a child, the Wetters reach out to give students at Geneva High School the opportunity to receive a free ECG screeening. Their son, Ryan Christopher, died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart arrhythmia at the age of 22.
February 8, 2012
Advocates support ECG screenings. “There’s nothing to lose…”
Heros Working Together
March 16, 2011
Losing a 15 year old has a lasting impact on a community. Robert died in 2009 at age 15 due to undetected hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. His parents now speak out to help others be aware that cardiac conditions due exist and are life threatening in young adults.
Hero for Young Hearts
Congratulations to Dr. Marek who received the Hero for Young Hearts Founder’s Award at the National Parent Heart Watch Conference.
Opportunities to Help More Young Adults
October 30, 2010
Mary Woods lost her son, Dan, suddenly to cardiomyopathy at age 29. She travels to neighboring high schools such as Barrington High School on a mission to help other families avoid the tragedy she experienced.
October 29, 2010
Dr. Marek helps team at Swedish American Hospital offer ECG screenings to nearby high schools.
August 26, 2010
Dr. Marek led a pilot program at Benedictine University to help screen student athletes with the ultimate goal to expand the service to all college students.