Students at Naperville Central High School recently took a different kind of test.
The teens spent four minutes hooked up to an EKG as part of the Young Hearts for Life program.
The painless test checks for potentially life threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed or ignored.
Cardiologist Dr. Joseph Marek started the program, which has screened thousands of high school students all over the western and southern suburbs.
Using the EKG machine is easy, so volunteers are trained to give the test and doctors review the results.
Often many student athletes don’t find out if they have a heart problem until it’s too late, but Dr. Marek thinks all students should be tested because they’re active even if they don’t play sports.
If the test uncovers a problem the student’s parents will be notified and urged to follow up with their regular doctor.
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