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October 16, 2017

Young Hearts for Life checks students’ hearts at DGS

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

Hinsdale Central EKG screening alerts family to teen’s heart condition

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.

September 7,2017

Teen’s death inspires free heart screenings at Hinsdale Central HS

A mother’s loss inspired a potentially life-saving event for students at a suburban school.  (ABC News Video)

June 2, 2017

Young Hearts For Life – saving lives since 2006 

Chris Storm’s Young Hearts For Life screening led to a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal heart condition.

April 6, 2017

Health Systems Management students give back through partnership with Young Hearts for Life

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

Joliet Catholic Academy to bring cardiac screenings to all students

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, teachers, and volunteers get involved in the Young Hearts for Life heart screenings

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

Free Heart Screenings Headed to OPRF

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.

July 15,2016

To Screen or Not to Screen – That is the debate!

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

Kind Hearts Help Others To Be Screened

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

Press Release:

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

A Life Saving Opportunity

“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

A Different Kind of Test for District 207 Students

“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

Screening for Hidden Heart Problems

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

Young Hearts for Life can save lives

April 11, 2015

Guest View:  Young Hearts for Life Can Save Lives

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

News You Can Use

Youth cardiac screenings take place at York Community High School thanks to a grant from Elmhurst Hospital. 

March 17, 2015

OPRF Club Partners with Young Hearts for Life

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

Could Your Student Be At Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death?

“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

West Aurora High Students Check Heart Health

Rashann Ford, 17, a senior, was excited to have the test done….”They are really saving lives here.”

February 11, 2015

AU Students Perform ECG Screenings

“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

Heart Disease Plays No Favorites

“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

Test for Heart Abnormalities Can Save a Life

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

Barrington H.S. Students Take Advantage of Free Heart Screenings 

“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

Parents’ Push for Heart Tests for Young Athletes Splits Doctors

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

On CPR Training to Junior High Students

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

Teen Athlete’s Sudden Death Spotlights Need for Screening

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

Over 1,000 Students Screened at Oak Lawn Community High School

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

First time in the United States and Saving Hundreds of Lives

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

ECG Summit:  The Seattle Critera

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

Fund to Help Give Students Heart Screenings

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

Heart Tests Urged for Student Athletes 

Advocates support ECG screenings.  “There’s nothing to lose…”


Heros Working Together

March 16, 2011

Reavis Remembers Regalado

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.

January, 2011

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

YH4L Volunteer Hoping to Save Lives and Others Grief 

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

Rockford Team On Board  

Dr. Marek helps team at Swedish American Hospital offer ECG screenings to nearby high schools.

August 26, 2010

College Athletes at Benedictine University Benefit from YH4L Partnership

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.


                      ECG Screenings, A Worthwhile Cause

August 19, 2009  

As seen in the Herald News

ECG Testing in Dupage County   

An ounce of prevention is worth its price in gold.


Shock of Tragedy

April 29, 2008

As seen in The Daily Herald

Physician Opening Eyes and Hearts with Rotary Club Presentation

March 30, 2008

As seen in the Courier News

Fox Valley Teen Deaths