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Health events around Charlotte

April 28

Walk to End Lupus Now

This event will feature a one-mile and 5K route and will be 1-4:15 p.m. April 28 at Central Piedmont Community College, King’s Green, Overcash Building, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Registration details: bit.ly/TV4OEd.

Ongoing

Heart of a Champion

Carolinas HealthCare System will offer these free health screenings to high school student athletes around the area four Saturdays between May and June. The screenings include sports-specific medical and musculoskeletal exam; heart exam, vision test and review of the student’s medical history. Each student will receive an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram, as doctors look for three main genetic defects: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and Long Q-T Interval Syndrome.

Last year, roughly 2,000 students participated and nearly 100 were found to have a medical condition that required follow-up.

These screenings will be held May 11 in York County; May 18 in Lincoln County; June 1 in Mecklenburg County and June 8 in Union County.

For details on registration, screening times and locations: bit.ly/14q4EML.

May 4

Brunch for stroke education

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month by hosting its first “Power to End Stroke Jazz and Gospel Brunch for Stroke Education” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4 at A.M.E Zion Varick Renaissance Conference Center, 3561 Zion’s Renaissance Lane, Charlotte.

This free event targets African-American, Hispanic and Latino adults and will combine cultural music, stroke education and a heart-healthy brunch. Keynote presentations will be given in English and Spanish and two stroke survivors will share their stories.

Attendees will learn about stroke risk factors, warning signs, treatment options and the importance of rapid 911 transport to an appropriate healthcare facility. The event will also feature blood pressure screenings, exercise sessions, nutritional information and cooking demonstrations.

Space is limited and registration is required by April 26. Details and to register: regina.fleenor@heart.org; 704-208-5518.

Hilary Trenda

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