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EKG screenings offered for students in February

High school students will have the opportunity to be screened for potential heart issues thanks to a partnership between Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 and Northwestern Medicine.

Electrocardiograms (EKGs) will be offered to all students at Woodstock and Woodstock North High Schools the week of Feb. 4-8. The program is voluntary. Interested parents must pre-register their students and pay a significantly reduced $5 fee.

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is one of the most fatal causes of death for young athletes in the United States accounting for approximately 300,000 deaths annually. Fortunately, the health issues that cause it can be detected with an EKG, and those causes can be treated.

"We're pleased to once again offer these EKG screenings for our high school students and appreciate this opportunity provided by Northwestern Medicine,” District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan said. “We hope parents will take advantage of this offer as a precaution for their young athletes and students."

Students will be screened during their physical education, health or driver’s education classes. The results will be reviewed by a pediatric cardiologist and in case of any abnormalities, parents will be notified by phone within 24 to 72 hours to follow up with and schedule an echocardiogram at a Northwestern Medicine location. All results will be mailed home to parents within seven to 10 business days.

Northwestern Medicine representatives said the EKG screenings usually cost about $85, but they are able to offer the $5 screenings to District 200 high school students through grant funding.

Letters and questionnaire/consent forms (see links below) were sent via email to all high school parents on Monday, Jan. 14. The forms must be completed and turned in at the high school nurse’s office by Friday, Jan. 25.

Consent forms are also available in the school nurse offices at either high school.