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High Point Regional Partners to Provide Free Cardiac Health Screening for Student Athletes

5/14/2013

High Point, NC - High Point Regional Health and Carolina Cardiology Cornerstone joined together with support from High Point Community Foundation to provide free important cardiac health screenings for student athletes in our community at the 2nd Annual Heart of Champions Day.

Heart of Champions Day is a free sports-specific health screening and education program designed for high school student-athletes. The screenings included a review of the athlete's medical history, a heart exam and a vision test. The program is unique to this area because a heart screening was provided which included an electrocardiogram (ECG) that traces the heart's electrical activity. If indicated, the student athletes also received an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart.

This year the event was held on Thursday, May 9 at High Point Central High School and provided life saving cardiac screenings for over 100 students who had consent from their parents.

"It is our goal, with the proper funding, to be able to grow this program to benefit more students in our community." said cardiologist Barry Cheek, MD, Carolina Cardiology Cornerstone who volunteered his time to make the event possible, along with Zan Tyson, MD and others. "While heart screening cannot eliminate all instances of cardiac events related to sports activities, it can save lives and greatly reduce risk."

In 2012, the American Heart Association (AHA) reported 10,235 cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth under the age of 18. The AHA reports that most sudden deaths in athletes may be attributed to cardiovascular disease (56%). Screening and education are crucial for prevention of sudden cardiac events which may include death.

The goal of Heart of Champions Day is to reduce risk and instances of Sudden Cardiac Events and educate young athletes about prevention and risk factors associated with cardiac disease and overall better health. 

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