St. Charles East High School students receive heart screenings to find potential problems
ST. CHARLES – Diane Hedberg knows the importance of heart screening.
Her daughter started having fainting spells. While a doctor attributed the fainting spells to her being underweight, Hedberg decided to have her daughter's heart screened.
That revealed she had a hole in her heart and at age 14, she underwent open heart surgery.
"And she's alive today because of that program," Hedberg said. "Because they figured out what was wrong."
Her daughter is now 36. On Wednesday, Hedberg was helping HeartSmart EKG screen students at St. Charles East High School. An EKG is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat.
Hedberg has two grandchildren that attend St. Charles East. The screening was provided by the Max Schewitz Foundation. The program’s mission is to identify students who are at risk of sudden cardiac death before they are stricken so they can obtain treatment.
In 2005, Max died unexpectedly at age 20 from an undiagnosed cardiac condition.