Every day in the USA,
young adults die from detectable but

undiagnosed heart conditions.
Learn More about ECG screening.

Max Schewitz
1985-2005
95%
Missed

The standard preparticipation physical fails to detect over 95% of conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

60%
Found

A painless, noninvasive ECG test can detect upwards of 60% of the markers of conditions that lead to sudden cardiac death. Yet, an ECG is not a part of the routine physical for young adults.

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EKG

To fill that gap and protect our young adults, we provide low-cost, high-quality ECG testing supplemented with limited echocardiography for select students.

Why cardiovascular screening in young athletes can save lives: a critical review

Aren't you glad to have smart friends? We are certainly grateful to the lead authors of this study for the contributions they have made to our cardiac screening program (Thanks, Dr. Joseph Marek), the contribution of developing the gold standard of ECG interpretation (Thanks, Dr. Jonathan Drezner), and the researchers who make use of our de-identified data to advance knowledge of cardiac conditions (Thanks, Dr.

Maxtravaganza at Elawa Farm

The Maxtravaganza, the Max Schewitz Foundation's annual fundraiser, was held 5/21 on Max's birthday at Elawa Farm. Rob Carmichael, curator of the wildlife Discovery Center, and his staff introduced our guests to creatures who live at the WDC, while many of us told stories about Max as we toasted him on his birthday. A full, blue moon rose over the eastern sky as we sat down to dinner in the barn on a picture perfect evening, and many felt Max must have played a role in such a magical evening.

A push for all teens to get heart screenings

We're very excited to be a part of this story in the Chicago Tribune.  We are thankful for the Tribune raising awareness of hidden heart conditions in seemingly healthy young adults and the discussing the value of an EKG test in helping find these kids before it's too late. We hope an EKG test will become the standard of care for all young adults in the U.S.A. 

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is an especially challenging day for mother's whose children have died. We know that pain first hand and are driven to prevent others from experiencing that tragic loss. Thus, Screens for Teens, our cardiac screening program has served and saved many. We are very grateful to those who help raise awareness of the vital nature of our work, like Mary Anne and her son, Kevin.

Is your institution prepared to handle a cardiac emergency?

The NCAA is making it easy for member institutions to put together a plan for cardiovascular care of their student-athletes with this