Breaking Down the New NCAA Guidelines on Cardiac Screening for Preparticipation Exams

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading nontraumatic cause of death among NCAA college athletes, so natch, the NCAA wants to change that. Here's what they're recommending for all schools:

60 Minutes Sports on EKG Screening for Athletes

60 Minutes Sports produced a detailed and thoughtful piece on the role of EKG screening to protect college athletes in particular and young adults in general. Unfortunately, this aired on Showtime, so it is not readily available. Just like quality EKG tests for young adults. Oh boy.

How to survive a heart attack

The advice sounds very simple. The best way to survive a heart attack is:

1. Recognize the symptoms.

2. Call 911.

3. Chew an aspirin while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

But every year, 133,000 Americans die of heart attacks and another 300,000 die of sudden cardiac arrest—largely because they didn't get help in time. 

Holiday Greetings

SW Lake Lifestyle

We were thrilled to be included in the January 2016 issue of SW Lake Lifestyle Magzine.  They wrote about our recent EKG screeings at Lake Zurich and Stevenson high schools.  Check out page 12 to read more: http://issuu.com/lifestylepubs/docs/sw_lake_2016_1_round3_final_print?e=...

2015 Concludes and Foundation Reaches Over 56,000 Students

We recently concluded our Screens for Teens program for the 2015 school year.  The school-wide EKG screening program has now provided over 56,000 EKGs to area students and given 1,000 students limited echocardiograms since starting the Foundation after Max’s sudden death in 2005.  The Foundation has found more than 1,300 students who required further medical evaluation.   

Is there a difference between being fit and being healthy?

Is there a difference between being fit and being healthy?

Ask yourself two questions:

Is this man fit?

Is this man healthy?

Just because a body builder, or any athlete for that matter, looks strong, sculpted and without a trace of fat, there is no guarantee that he or she is healthy. 

Brothers Bring Screens for Teens to St. Viator HS

Student Kevin Schrieber read an article about the Max Schewitz Foundation. He was intrigued and moved by Mary Beth’s story. Despite his mother doubts ("What if she doesn’t call you back?!"), Kevin contacted Mary Beth to inquire about bringing EKG testing to St. Viator High School. His persistence paid off. Mary Beth did, indeed, call back.
 

Pessimism Sucks

The Periodical of Pessimism Sucks recently featured the Foundation for it's work to prevent sudden cardiac death in young people. The publication's focus is to feature people who are changing the world we live in for the better by overcoming negative events and/or pessimistic attitudes.  Click here to read our article!