Heart screening aims to save lives

The Physical Education Department and Young Hearts for Life, a nonprofit heart screening program, collaborated to organize a cardiac screening for Oak Park and River Forest High School students on April 4.

The program’s goal was to pre-diagnose any heart conditions the students could have. “Diagnosing the heart conditions a student may have early on can help with curing the condition and saving…lives,” said Julie Elmiger, division secretary of the Physical Education Division.

The heart screenings were performed by Young Hearts for Life, which has screened more than 280,000 students over its 17-year history, according to its website.

The Physical Education Division ran the registration for more than two weeks. In the end, the number of students who were screened for health conditions was 931. More than a dozen of them were identified with previously undiagnosed health conditions, “some of them quite serious,” according to Elmiger.

Students sign up for the free EKG testing.