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Heart of a Champion Day

Heart of a Champion Day

2013 Heart of a Champion Day

On May 12, 2012, CMC-Pineville provided health screenings for local athletes at Heart of a Champion Day.

As part of Carolinas Healthcare System's commitment to caring for communities through advanced injury prevention and screening, CMC-Pineville hosted Fort Mill's Heart of a Champion Day.

In its sixth year, the program offered student-athletes from Fort Mill High School and Nation Ford High School a review of the athlete’s medical history, a sports-specific medical and musculoskeletal exam, a heart exam and a vision test. The program is led by cardiologists from CMC-Pineville's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, who are able to offer each student an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram. Neither heart test, which may detect heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden death, is offered during a routine athletic screening.

"Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which is just a basic enlargement of the heart, is the most common condition we see," says Brian Pope, MD, of Shiland Family Medicine.

This year, in an effort to streamline operations, CHS provided screenings in Carolinas Med-1. Originally developed to respond to disasters, the 18-wheeler is the world's only fully functional mobile hospital.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of over 800 healthcare professionals, the screenings, valued at over $1,500 per student-athlete, are provided to our community student-athletes at no cost. This year, 277 students from Fort Mill High School and Nation Ford High School participated in the program.

The partnership with Heart of a Champion is part of Carolinas HealthCare System and CMC-Pineville's commitment to caring for the student-athletes of York County.

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