Young Hearts for Life (YH4L)

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We are pleased to bring the Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program to Oak Lawn Community High School on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  All students whose parents authorize them to be tested will be screened. Please be aware that repeat ECG testing is recommended every two (2) years.

YH4L will provide this free heart screening called an electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify high school students at risk for sudden cardiac death and to increase the public's awareness of this issue. To date over 230,000 students have been screened as a result of YH4L.  More information about the screening can be found on the YH4L website ( 

A simple ECG, when used to screen young adults can detect certain serious heart conditions. Recording the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes attached to the skin with a mild adhesive, can detect approximately 60% of the abnormalities or “markers” from these heart conditions that are associated with sudden cardiac death that a stethoscope cannot. Please note that ECG screenings result in approximately 2% of the tests being falsely positive. This may require additional evaluation and testing by your physician. We believe that the benefit of this potentially lifesaving screening outweighs this concern. 

We encourage you to discuss this screening with your child. Your child’s participation in the screening is your decision. We want to assure you that students’ confidentiality, privacy and individual modesty will be respected throughout all aspects of the program. Only female technicians will test girls and they will be screened in an area separate from boys. 

Online registration is now available.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "I am giving my permission for my child" to start the registration process.  If you do not have access to a computer, please pick up a permission slip from Office 123. 

The Young Hearts For Life® Cardiac Screening is being provided this year to the students by the Tim Nickos YH4L Memorial Fund, OLCHS PTSA, and Advocate Children’s Hospital.  For more information about this program, please visit our website at  If you have questions, please contact us at 630-785-4366.


Joseph Marek, MD 
Founder & Medical Director, Young Hearts for Life® Cardiac Screening Program
Cardiologist, Advocate Medical Group


More Information

Free ECG Screening
Thursday, March 19, 2020
To Register Your Child:
To sign your child up for this FREE screening, click here, for the Oak Lawn Community High School sign-up form, then complete the registration process.

To Volunteer:
In order to make this event successful, we need to have parent/community volunteers. Thank you for your interest in helping us provide ECG screenings to the students at Oak Lawn Community High School on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  The screening is offered during the school day.   All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions.  

We're using  for volunteer sign up for our event with Young Hearts for Life.
Please sign up for Oak Lawn Community High School! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 

3. Sign up! Choose your spots.  Be sure to sign up for your training session as well as the shift you will work at the screening.  Please consider joining us for the entire day. will send you an automated confirmation and reminders

Thank you

If you have any questions, please contact: Maria Vanderwarren at 708/741-5602 or 

*For more information about YH4L, please visit our website,
**Sign up is available now online**