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Young Hearts 4 Life

SD308 Community Unit School Distrist


Media Alert
For immediate release

Contact: Theresa Komitas
Phone: (630) 636-3660





Oswego, Ill. (November, 2019)

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On October 27, 2019 Young Hearts for Life (YH4L), District 308, Edward-Elmhurst Health, and many volunteers provided 1442 students with free EKGs at Oswego East High School.  Students were found with conditions which could lead to sudden cardiac death.  The 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.


Young Hearts 4 Life in action


YH4L works with area high schools and colleges offering ECG testing to all students free-of-charge.  To date, over 150,000 students have been screened and hundreds of young adults have been identified with previously unsuspected, life threatening, cardiac conditions.


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and in Illinois.  Dr. Joseph Marek, a clinical cardiologist, seeks to detect young adults at risk for sudden cardiac death, and increase community awareness of this devastating problem.  For more information, visit