Doctors from two Chicago-area hospitals are teaming up to offer heart screenings to prevent sudden death among high school athletes.
Doctors say it happens to more than 3,000 young adults in the United States each year.
The program Young Hearts for Life offers the screenings at Advocate Children’s Hospitals in Park Ridge and Oak Lawn.
The doctors involved say their ECG screenings look for heart problems that might otherwise go undetected, something that standard physical exams don’t include.
The screenings only take about five minutes per student.
Doctors suggest schools set up class trips during lunch hours.