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Student-athletes from Charlotte region high schools will once again be able to receive free athletic screenings under a program pioneered by Carolinas HealthCare System called Heart of a Champion Day. Four Saturdays have been set aside for the screenings that will take place in Fort Mill, SC, and Charlotte, Indian Trail and Lincolnton, NC.
The program screens for heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden death and includes an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram. Neither heart test is offered during a routine athletic screening. Also included are orthopedic and general medical screenings. Last year, nearly 2,000 student-athletes participated and some 100 were found to have medical conditions that required follow-up.
Student-athletes and parents: See our frequently asked questions page.
2013 Heart of a Champion Day events
|Event||Date||Address||Participating Schools||Registration Window|
|Fort Mill||Saturday, May 11||CMC-Fort Mill Medical Plaza, 704 Gold Hill Rd., Fort Mill, SC||Fort Mill H.S., Nation Ford H.S.||March 31 to May 5|
|Lincolnton||Saturday, May 18||CMC-Lincoln Medical Plaza, 441 McAlister Rd., Lincolnton, NC||North Lincoln H.S., Lincoln Charter, Lincolnton H.S., East Lincoln H.S.||April 14 to May 12|
|Charlotte||Saturday, June 1||Carolinas College of Health Sciences,
1200 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools||April 28 to May 26|
|Indian Trail||Saturday, June 8||Union West Medical Plaza, 6030 W. Highway 74, Indian Trail, NC||Union, Anson, Chesterfield (SC) counties||May 5 to June 2|
The three main genetic defects that doctors look for during the cardiac screenings are:
A thickening of the heart muscle that causes electrical disruptions and reduced blood flow, sometimes causing sudden death. This genetic disorder may affect one in 500 people and can be treated with medication and, in serious cases, surgery.
A heart abnormality that may cause irregular, rapid heart beats sometimes causing sudden cardiac death. This condition can be detected through screening and can be easily treated without surgery.
Long Q-T Interval Syndrome
A hereditary disorder of the heart’s electrical rhythm that can cause fainting or, in severe cases, death. This disorder can be treated with medication or an implantable defibrillator.
Five Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals--Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, CMC-Lincoln, CMC-Union and CMC-Pineville -- are sponsoring the screenings along with Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sports Medicine and Injury Care and OrthoCarolina. Last year, approximately 650 volunteers from these organizations staffed the four screenings.
Those providing financial or material support include Kohl’s Cares, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Mecklenburg Medical Group, Carolina Panther Thomas Davis’s Defending Dreams Foundation, McKesson, Philips, General Electric, Welch-Allyn, Coca Cola, Chick-fil-A, Jason’s Deli and Morrison Management Specialists.