Young Hearts for Life ECG Screening Event at CTK

The Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program, nationally known for its unique model, has screened over 100,000th students for conditions that cause sudden cardiac death.

In May 2014, CTK suffered a loss of Freshman, Jermaine Cullum after he collapsed during a basketball tournament due to a undiscovered rare heart condition. Each week, sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 60 young adults in the United States. YH4L has been a leader the medical community to address this problem in the Chicago area.

On November 6-7, CTK will host a screening event for the entire student body. 
For more information regarding the CTK screening event please contact 
Ms. Temple Payne, Principal at

The YH4L screening program was founded by Dr. Joseph Marek in 2006 and is well known for its unique model that uses trained community volunteers to deliver a low cost, efficient screening program. Dr. Marek, an internationally recognized cardiologist, has taught physicians across America how to run screenings for students and athletes.

Over 10,000 community volunteers have been trained to provide students with FREE ECGs through YH4L. To date, over 1,900 students screened through YH4L have been identified as “at risk” students. Of those, hundreds were found to have life threatening conditions, including Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Long QT Syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson- White Syndrome (WPW), Brugada Syndrome, and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.

Part of the goal of YH4L is to educate the community about sudden death in young adults and to help schools be prepared to deal with cardiac arrest if one was to occur.
Source: Posted 10/14/2014 - Ms. Danyell Boyd