Palatine participates in Young Hearts 4 Life


Students participating in Young Hearts 4 Life.

Julia Plesniak, Reporter

Heart related failure is the leading cause of death in America today. For cardiac failure, there are frequently no signs at all.  With the Young Hearts for Life foundation coming in, it is kind of a light in the deep black hole of tragedy.

On Thursday, Feb 24 YH4L came to PHS to do the heart screenings. 1,154 students participated in a possibly life saving event.

“Being a cardiologist and a parent I wanted to help,” head cardiologist Dr. Joseph C. Marek at YH4L said.

When a mother who had lost a child went to Marek, she wanted to make sure that they would do everything in their power to help with this situation. This is one of the main motivations for this foundation. Marek recalled seeing multiple articles on the usage of EKGS that were being used in Europe in the Wall Street Journal and The Times.

So with a way to find a solution Marek and the Young Hearts for Life team set out on their first heart screening at a Naperville High School in December of 2006. Since then it has saved many lives and coming to a solution for the cardiac complications that lie in the hearts of many.

The YH4L comes to different school, and looks a different test results and hearts. So with this, it is fitting to have people from the school district come forward and help out with the testing. Volunteers are much needed and appreciated to this campaign.

“Parents in the community, PTA and Booster club usually help find volunteers to help,” Marek said.

If anyone is interested in volunteering with YH4L, they can sign up at the website found here.