Youth Heart Screenings

Youth Heart Screenings

Youth Heart Screenings

Sudden cardiac death is the result of an unexpected failure of proper heart function, usually during or immediately after exercise without trauma. During sudden cardiac death the athlete quickly collapses, loses consciousness and ultimately dies unless normal heart rhythm is restored using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

What Is an EKG Screening?

The Electrocardiography (EKG) screening includes a risk questionnaire and an EKG screening. The EKG is a snapshot of the heart that detects markers for some causes of sudden cardiac death.

If a teen’s EKG shows risk factors, an echocardiogram screening (a type of ultrasound) will be conducted onsite that same day. A physician who will be at the screening will provide follow-up with parents if abnormalities are detected.

How Do I Access These Screenings?

Northwestern Medicine partners with youth sports leagues and schools to provide these screenings.  If you think your child’s school or team would benefit from these screenings, please ask your child’s school or coach to contact Northwestern Medicine's wellness department youth screening line at 815.759.4342.

$85 Echo Heart Screening for Teens

Northwestern Medicine offers ECHO heart screenings designed for teenagers. This screening is an ultrasound of the heart and can help detect heart defects and abnormalities, even when no symptoms are present. Teen Echo Screenings are available on select dates each month.

To schedule an ECHO heart screening for your teen, call 815.788.2269.

Visit Heart and Vascular Prevention to learn more. For dates, locations or to schedule a screening appointment with Northwestern Medicine, call 815.788.2269.