FHS Students Receive Free HCM Cardiac Screen


Volunteer John Regalado (left) sets up the ECG test on FHS Senior Ian Wojciak. Regalado, who lost his teenaged son to HCM, has volunteered for these events for more than six years.

Students at Fremd High School participated in an event that could potentially save a life.

Fremd High School offered free cardiac screenings for more than 1,680 students on Dec. 8. The screen was for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic heart condition that causes an excessive thickening of the heart and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people.

“The test was very short, easy, and painless,” said Ian Wojciak, a Fremd High School senior and baseball player that participated in the screen.

FHS Physical Education teacher Andrew Kittrell (top left), FHS Athletic Director David Dick (top right), and FHS Physical Education teacher Niki Baldassano (bottom right) pose with Ruth Jensen, founder of the Joshua Jared Hardy Charities (bottom left) and Dr. Joe Marek (center), who oversees the HCM screening event.

With funds raised by the Joshua Jared Hardy Charities’ event Hoofin’ 4 Hardy, the organization Young Hearts for Life conducted the electrocardiogram (ECG) screens, which took place during school and were only for students whose parents authorized them to be tested. The screening is recommended every two years.

Both Conant and Palatine High Schools will conduct screenings in Spring 2017. For more information about the upcoming cardiac screens, please contact your student’s high school.