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CMS Heart of Champion sign-ups to begin

Registration opens Sunday for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Heart of a Champion program, which provides free electrocardiogram tests and other health screenings for students who will be in 10th, 11th and 12th grades next year.

The event takes place June 1, and registration closes May 26 -- or when enrollment reaches 2,000 students, whichever comes first.

During Heart of a Champion Day, students will receive free general sports screenings, musculoskeletal checks, and vision exams. The screenings are unusual, because they include the electrocardiograms. Those tests can alert medical professionals to possible conditions that could cause sudden death during athletic events.

Electrocardiograms are not a part of routine athletic screenings.

More than 1,300 students were screened at last year’s event, and CMS officials say the tests detected heart irregularities, high blood pressure, post-concussion syndrome, uncontrolled asthma, over-use injuries, and vision problems.

The event is a partnership of CMS, the Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Healthcare System’s Sports Medicine, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, and OrthoCarolina.

Screenings take place at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, at Carolinas Medical Center, 1200 Blythe Boulevard.

Register at www.heartofachampionday.org, by clocking on “Student Registration” at the left side.

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