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Dates Set for 2014 Heart of a Champion Day

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 Charlotte, Indian Trail and Lincolnton, NC, and Fort Mill, SC.

The screenings check for heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden death and include 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 2,500 student-athletes participated and 127 were found to have medical conditions that required follow-up, including 29 with potential cardiac issues.

Specific information on each 2014 event follows:

Event Date Location Participating Schools Registration Window
York County Saturday May 10th CMC-Fort Mill Medical Plaza Fort Mill, SC Nation Ford, Fort Mill April 6 to May 4
Lincoln County Saturday May 17 CMC-Lincoln Medical Plaza
Lincolnton, NC
Lincoln Charter; Lincolnton; North Lincoln; East Lincoln; West Lincoln April 13 to May 11
Mecklenburg County Saturday May 31 Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools April 27 to May 25
Union County Saturday June 7 Union West Medical Plaza
Indian Trail, NC
Northside Christian Academy; Metrolina Christian; Union Academy; Anson County; Carmel Christian; Other May 4 to June 1

Students wishing to participate should note their registration “window” and register online by visiting and clicking on “Student Registration” in the box on the left side of the page.

The three main genetic defects that doctors look for during the cardiac screenings are:

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy -- A thickening of the heart muscle that causes electrical disruptions and reduced blood flow, sometimes causing sudden death. This genetic disorder affects one in 500 people and can be treated with medication and, in serious cases, surgery.
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome – A heart abnormality that causes irregular, rapid heartbeats that can be detected through screening and can be 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¬†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 and Sports Medicine & Injury Care, as well as OrthoCarolina. Last year, nearly 600 volunteers from these organizations staffed the four screenings. Those providing material support this year include General Electric, Phillips, Coca Cola and Jason’s Deli.